Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1-31-12 and a Recipe Hawaiian Style Shredded Pork

It's the end of the Month, I made it! No soda and not fastfood for a whole month. I've lost 5 pounds and I'm happy with that. Now, for the next couple of months I'm going to change things up a bit. I've entered a contest, White Mountain's Biggest Loser Contest. It's put on by a local radio station. It was free to enter and from Feb 1-April 4 we get to workout at a bunch of different gyms in Show Low, Snowflake, Pinetop, White River, St Johns and maybe a few other towns for free. We weigh in every Wednesday and the results are recorded and sent to the radio station. I guess there will be different prizes each week, sometimes for the person with the most percentage of weight loss and sometimes for the person with the most pounds lost. At the end of the contest the person with the highest percentage of weight loss will win $500 and then the Man and Woman with the highest percentage of weight loss (grand prize winner not eligible) will get a new outfit from JCP and a makeover. My Mother In Law and Brother In Law are also entered into the contest. It should be fun and give me a bit more motivation to keep going. I mostly joined so I could go to the gym for free for 2 months. The free membership does come with certain times that you are allowed to go, M-F 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, and Saturday's 8am-11am. So, starting Wednesday here is my plan

Wednesday: Zumba 8:15am-9:15am, Gym 9:30am-10:30am, Zumba 8pm-9pm
Thursday: Gym 9:15am-10:45am (Graham is in school 9-11am) Volleyball in the evening
Friday: Zumba 8:15am-9:15am
Saturday: I'll try to go to the gym maybe 8am-9am (if I get my neighbor to keep an eye on the kids)
Sunday: Church and Family day
Monday: Monday's should be like Wednesday's but it's Brian's day off and it's hard for me to go do stuff, I always want to stay home and hang out with him
Tuesday: Gym 9:15am-10:45am (Graham is at school 9-11am)

If I like going to the gym and keep with it the next 2 months during the competition then maybe I'll get myself and Brian a membership.

Part of the contest is that I have to go to the Gym and weigh in every Wednesday, so I'll just record my weight on the blog on Weigh In Wednesday.

I am going to continue with the No Soda and No Fastfood, and I'm going to keep working at keeping our dinners LowER Carb and eating more fruits and veggies. I also want to get back to buying our Bountiful Basket every 2 weeks. The week we get them falls on the weekend before payday and the past month I haven't had money to spend so I haven't gotten one in awhile. Tax money will be coming soon and that will help me get back to our budget.

I also have gotten discouraged with keeping a food diary. Because of my daughters Diabetes I am always counting carbs and keeping track of her blood sugar numbers, insulin intake and what she eats so I can spot trends with her and keep up with her insulin sensitivity. That takes a ton of work and by the time I get that done, I don't really want to log what I ate too. I think I'm going to get signed up with Livestrong and try to do it that way, also I'm going to buy a little notebook to kind of carry around and write stuff in there, I'll have to see if that helps.

Here's another recipe, I found this one on AllRecipes.Com, it was called Crock Pot Kahula Pig, I've had Kahula Pig before and Brian had it for the first time when we went to Hawaii. So, when this recipe came in my Inbox, I thought, heck ya, let's try this. I don't know if it's exactly like the orginal Kahula Pig (Pig burried in the ground and steamed/cooked all night), but it's great and easy.

Shredded Pork Roast

Pork Loin Roast 1.5-3 pounds
Rock Salt
Liquid Smoke

Put the Roast in the crock pot, sprinkle with Rock Salt, maybe a tablespoon, throw in a couple dashes of Liquid Smoke. Cook on High 6 hours for a defrosted roast. Cook on High 10 hours for a frozen roast. Shred meat and eat. Serve with Pineapple and Rice

Leftovers are good in tacos, sandwiches, quesadillas.

Last night after we shredded it we pourd in a half bottle of BBQ sauce and had it on sandwiches with Homemade Mac and Cheese for a side and Broccolli. Yum. Low Carb, Low Fat. We had enough to serve the 5 of us and leftovers for 3 lunches for Brian.

Friday, January 27, 2012

1-26-12 and a Recipe or Two

SICK! Yep, I'm sick and the kids are too. We have stuffed up noses, scratchy throats, coughs and general tired and crankiness. Brian says that we're sick because we've been EATING TOO MANY VEGETABLES! Haha, what a dork, I told him we're sick because one day it will be 30-40 degrees and the next day it will be 60-70 degrees. Ugh, I hate being sick and I hate when the kids are sick too. It's going to be a lazy weekend full of rest....I hope.

Wednesday I went to 2 Zumba classes, one in the morning and one at night. I was a little sore yesterday and still am today, but it's not too bad. That was the day I started getting sick. Last night I did Volleyball, then today I went to watch the 3rd Grade Poetry Contest at school instead of going to Zumba. My oldest daughter was an alternate in the contest, she didn't end up having to do her poem, but Murphy's Law says that if I would have gone to Zumba instead then she would have done her poem. Anyways, it was a cute and fun contest and both the boy and I enjoyed getting to see it.

Thursday 1-26-12
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, 20oz Water (recipe below)
Snack: Hot Chocolate (my husband forgot to take his Hot Chocolate with him when he left for work, I didn't want to pour it down the drain, so I drank it. I think that's a mom thing)
Lunch: Nothing
Snack: I was cutting up veggies that I had gotten at the store in the morning, so I was snacking on them, I didn't keep track of what I ate, but I was cutting up Broccoli, Carrots, Green Pepper and Cucumbers
Dinner: I had 1 1/2 Club Sandwiches, Wheat Toast, Turkey, Bacon, Swiss, Lettuce Tomato, Avocado (I only used 2 slices of bread on the sandwich instead of 3 and no Mayo) Also I had 1 Tbsp. of Ranch dip, 4 carrot sticks, 3 cucumber spears, 4 Broccoli's, and 4 green pepper strips
**Our Dinner last night was supposed to be BLT's and Veggie Dippers, avocado's were on sale so I got some of those too, and I figured while I was adding stuff I'd get out the Turkey and Swiss too, so it turned into Club Sandwiches, or "make your own sandwich", I think Kortnie just had a BL sandwich no T, and Graham had a Turkey and Mayo sandwich with a piece of bacon on the side**

I also know I had my quota of water for the day, because I drank a whole gallon, I also had one Emergen-C somewhere in there. When I'm sick and have crud in my chest and throat I love to have a carbonated soda it seems to cut down on the phlem, for me at least, but instead I had that Emergen-C, it's a little fizzy and it seemed to help.

Yesterday was kind of busy, Graham went to school 9-11am and that whole time I was running errands, I went to Basha's and IGA (local grocery stores, shopping the new sales for this week) also I went to Dollar Tree and wandered around in there for awhile, I picked Graham up, came home and made a few phone calls, was on the phone with our Insurance Carrier FOREVER, then I got a call that Korky had a low blood sugar at school, 31, that's way too low, a bit of a panic there, I went down to the school and brought her home and left instructions for Stasia to just walk home. Then Stasia and her friend got home and I got busy with homework and preparing lunches for the next day, then I took them to Girl Scouts, came home and started dinner, they got home from Scouts and it was time for showers and dinner, then Stasia had Basketball practice at 6 and I had my Volleyball game at 6 so that was a mad dash to drop her off and get to my game on time. Brian picked Stasia up on his way home and I had Korky and Graham at my game with me. Got home around 715ish and we watched a movie together, "Spiderwick Chronicles" it was pretty good as far as kid/family movies go. Stasia was excited to see it since she had read the book last year. Anyways, all the Low Blood Sugar mess in the middle of my day is what caused me to not have lunch. Busy, Busy, Busy, that was me yesterday.

Freeze-Me Breakfast Burritos **I saw this on Pinterest**
1 Dozen Eggs
1 #Sausage (I use pork)
Cheese of your choice (I used Cheddar)
Tortillas of your choice (I used 8in Flour)

Brown your Sausage, breaking up into small pieces, (like browning hamburger)
Remove Sausage from pan and drain, Scramble Eggs in same pan, in the last few minutes before eggs are fully cooked, stir the sausage back into the eggs. Warm up your tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds, lay one tortilla flat, put 3-4 Tbsps (bigger tortillas use more) egg/sausage mixture on the tortilla, top with cheese, fold up burrito style, wrap individually in foil, place in Ziplock bag and in the freezer.

To reheat, unwrap from foil and microwave 45seconds.

We ate 4 of these yesterday and froze 10 of them. With the 8 inch tortillas we made 14 of these, they are kid sized, but one satisfied me just fine and they are only 20 Gram Carbs (which is good for Kortnie) the kids each had 1/2 cup of yougurt with theirs. I think next time, I'll make a few bigger ones for my husband and I'll maybe get some Turkey Breakfast Sausage too. You could also use bacon or ham, say if you have leftover ham after Easter, you could put in hashbrowns too, but that would add carbs.

This is what I made this morning for breakfast, I also saw this on Pinterest

Homemade Fast Food Style Breakfast Sandwiches
1 dozen eggs
Canadian Bacon
Cheese I had Cheddar Sandwich Slices, I cut each slice into quarters and used 1 quareter on each
1 Dozen Mini Bagels (Sara Lee Whole Grain Plain, is what I used)
Butter or Margarine (optional)

Get out your 12cup muffin tin, spray with Canola or other Oil Spray, Cut your Canadian Bacon rounds into 4 pieces, put 2 pieces in the bottom of each muffin cup, crack one egg into each muffin cup on top of Canadian Bacon, break yolk with a fork, sprinkle with salt and pepper, bake in oven at 350 for 25 minutes. Meanwhile open each Bagel and put bottom on a cookie sheet, spread bottoms with butter, top with 1/4 slice of cheese, when eggs are done cooking they should slide right out of muffin cups in the perfect round shape, put one egg on each bagel bottom, top with bagel top, put the whole cookie sheet into the freezer, once they freeze, wrap them in foil and keep in a ziplock bag in the freezer. To reheat, unwrap from foil and microwave 1 minute.

These are 21 Gram Carbs each. Of course your Carb count will depend on the type of bagel you use. The orginal idea I saw on Pinterest did these without the Canadian Bacon and used English Muffins instead. I think the eggs fit better on the mini bagels, they would also be good with biscuits. You can subsitute the Canadian Bacon for turkey, cooked bacon, ham, or leave off the meat entirely. Also to save calories you could leave off the cheese or the butter too.

Anyways, some mornings we sleep in late and I love having these quick meals in the freezer. They are cheaper than buying pre-made, healthier than going to a fast food, and easy to make.

Here's a breakdown of what I spent

$7 for 5 dozen eggs (only used 2 dozen=$2.80)
$2.28 for 10 slices of Cheddar Cheese (I used 8 slices for both meals+$1.82)
$2.50 for a bag of 12 mini bagels
$2.98 for a bag of 24 tortillas (I used 14=$1.74)
$1.98 for the Canadian Bacon (I used 1/2 the pkg=$1)
$2 for the Pork Sausage
had on hand the Spray, butter, salt, pepper, foil and 2 gallon sized Ziplock bags
so $11.86 for 26 servings (that's .46cents per serving)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


It's been a good day! Woke up this morning, woke up the girls, went out to start Brian's car, made his lunch and hot chocolate, made a fire and got the girls off to school; just like normal. Then I broke my routine of getting back in bed to watch TV. Graham and I went to a morning Zumba class at 8:15! It was a fun workout and there were a lot of people there. This was my first time at this particular class, but I caught on okay and got a pretty good workout. After that we came home, paid bills, balanced the checkbook, and did our taxes. Then I cleaned up the house and did some laundry, picked the girl s up at school, went to Walmart, came home and had dinner then went to another Zumba class. Yes that's right, 2 Zumba classes in one day! I bet I'm sore tomorrow.

Mini Bagel with butter, 8oz Blueberry Pom Juice, 20oz water

After Zumba Snack:
20oz Water and an Apple

20oz Water, leftover shredded pork, 1/2 cup of stuffing, and 1 piece of toast

Afternoon Snack:
1 Dove Milk Chocolate with Almonds, 20oz Water

Healthy Choice Steamer Teriyaki Beef

After Zumba Snack:
Peanut Butter Sandwich

I'm hoping tomorrow is a good day too!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Weigh In today 187.6 down .4 from last week with a total of 5.4 down for the year. I thought it wasn't going to be a good week for weight loss, but .4 down...hey I'll take it!

Saturday 1-21-12
Breakfast- Cereal with Milk
Mid-Morning Snack- 20oz water, 1 cookie, white chocolate chip macadamia nut
Lunch- Lean Cuisine Chicken Enchilada and Rice, 20oz water
Mid-Afternoon Snack- 2 Dove Milk Chocolates with Almonds, 20oz water
Dinner- 1 cup Beef & Barley soup, 1 Grilled Cheese Sandwich, 20oz water
Before Dinner- 20oz water

Sunday 1-22-12
Breakfast- Homemade Egg McMuffin Sandwich, Hot Chocolate, 20oz Water
Lunch/Snack- 20oz Water 2 Heshey Minatures Mr. GoodBar
Supper- 2 Tacos, Taco Salad (No Sour Cream, less cheese), 2 big 20oz glasses of water
Dessert- Homemade Cinnamon Roll
On the Way home- 20oz Water

Today we went to my MIL's for supper. She is a baker and always has tons of treats. Tonight she had homemade freshly warm from the oven, Giant Lemon Creme filled Cupcakes, and Big Sugar Cookies, and ice cream too! Dang her! Sunday is supposed to be my "cheat" day so I had one of those cinnamon rolls, it was so good! But now I'm kinda feeling yuck, I think it was way too much sugar. She sent home a whole pan of cinnamon rolls and 6 cupcakes with us. I was going to have a cupcake too while watching TV tonight, but now I'm feeling sugared out so I guess I'll not have one. Also this morning I decided on a hot chocolate, I used to have one every morning, but since the new year started I've only had it once. This morning I had a small cup of it instead of my regular bigger mug. I drank about 1/2 a cup and then I went to have a drink and got a tickle in my throat, I ended up spitting it all over the place. After that, I didn't finish it. I also I really considered getting a soda today when Brian went to Maverick to fill his mug, but I resisted. So overall even though I had that Cinnamon Roll, I don't think I went totally overboard.

Here are my goals this week, Zumba Monday night, Wed morning and night, and Friday morning. Volleyball Thursday night and a few walks in the afternoons if our weather stays so nice.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Yesterday was not a very good day for me eating wise. I am kind of getting tired of eating healthy. I really argued with myself about ordering Pizza for dinner. But I did stay strong and did not get the Pizza. Yay Me!

1-20-12 Friday

Breakfast: I got the girls off to school and then Anastasia was in a Poetry competition at 8:30, so I quickly got myself ready and went to wake up Graham. He was stubborn and didn't want to get up, finnally by bribing him with the chance to go in his jammies and to get a donut at the store afterwards we headed out. I hadn't had breakfast yet, but I did take my 20oz water bottle with me. Stasia got picked to go to the big all 3rd grade competition as an alternate. It was fun to sit and watch the kids of her class do their poems. Some got really into it and some just got up there and said their poems as fast as they could. After the competition I took Graham to Basha's for his donut, he got a chocolate long john with sprinkles. Man, those donuts looked good, but I didn't get one. Instead I got a chorizo breakfast burrito. Honestly the chorizo breakfast burrito was probably just as bad as getting a donut. Well, maybe not, eggs and chorizo provide protein, chees for dairy and a tortilla for carbs. I don't know, probably just rationalizing here. :-) We brought our food home and ate here. I had another 20oz water with it.

Lunch: 20oz Emergen-C....that's it I guess, I had a meeting with some Girl Scout leaders at noon, so once again I was running out the door. I am cookie mom for the girls' Girl Scout troop, so I had a meeting about that. While I was at the meeting this guy game me a whole baggie of Dove Chocolates, milk chocolate with almonds. I ate 3 of them. Came home and called my MIL to help her finish her taxes over the phone. Then Graham and I walked to the girls school to pick them up. It was so nice outside. Total round trip, maybe a 1/2 mile walk. I even got a little perspiration. Can't believe how warm it is in January! Spent the afternoon cleaning and doing laundry. After school I had half of a White Chocolate Chip Macadameia Nut Cookie and a 20oz water.

Dinner: I never made a plan for dinner, the kids wanted chili cheese dogs. I have a can of Nacho Cheese in the fridge that needed to be eaten up. I sent Brian to the store for hotdog buns and chili on his way home, he was going to the store anyways for a Friday only store, a 24pack of Pepsi for $5. Not for me, but for him, he's addicted to soda. So I made them turkey hotdogs, turkey chili (Hormel from a can) and warmed up some of that nacho cheese. I very rarely eat a hot dog, so I thought I'd have some nachos. We had some generic cheesy corn chips, leftover hamburger in the fridge and I used shredded Colby cheese with El Pato. I cooked it up and went to watch a movie with Brian, but my nachos tasted a bit funny, finnally we figured out that the Colby cheese was moldy in the container. YUCK! I threw it out and didn't eat anything else. I did have a 20oz water with dinner though and I finished it. Oh and then I had a whole WCCMN Cookie.

So, I ate a bunch of junk yesterday pretty much, lets recap
Breakfast Burrito
3 Dove Chocolates
1/2 of a cookie
a little bit of Nachos
a cookie
80oz's water
20 oz Pink Lemonade Emergen-C
I did go on a walk though :-)

Tomorrow I'm supposed to weigh in. Honestly I don't think it's going to be good. Happy Weekend Ya'll!

Friday, January 20, 2012


1-19-12 Thursday

Well, what did I eat yesterday, I didn't write stuff down again. I know I was kind of hungry in the morning, but I couldn't really find anything to that I wanted to eat. I finnally settled on yogurt. I topped it with a little bit of chocolate chips and 1/2 of a bannana sliced up. I spent the morning re-doing my boards on Pinterest and I blogged a little too. For lunch I had a Smoothie. I found a website with a bunch of different smoothie recipies on it. I didn't follow the recipie exactly but used it as a baseline. I put in 1/2 cup of Almond Milk, 1/2 cup of Pom-Blueberry juice, 1/2 cup of Vanilla yogurt, a handful of blueberries, and a bananna. Oh and ice. It was good and made more than I thought it was going to, it was pretty filling. The afternoon was spent running kids around and cleaning up the house some. While the girls were at Girl Scouts, Graham and I came home and made dinner real quick. I made a Broccolli and Cheese soup and Tuna fish sandwiches. Keeping with our lower carb dinners the soup had 60 carbs total, so 1cup=6gc, and for the sandwich there was only carbs in the bread, I had 2 slices of bread so that was 20gc. For the tuna I put in a little mayo, some mustard, pickels and salt and pepper. The kids opted for Peanut Butter on 1 slice of bread, so Kortnie's sandwich was only 15gc, Graham liked the tuna fish. All this time I never thought that Brian liked tuna fish sandwiches, but he told me last night that yes, he does like tuna sandwiches, he did add more mayo to his though. I am not a big fan of mayo but he is.

I went to my Volleyball game last night too. I reffed a game at 6 then played in one at 7. We lost, but that's okay, we always lose and for our team it least it's just more for fun. We actually had 9 people show up to play last night, last week we only had 4 show up. It was a good time, I think I probably got more excercise laughing than playing.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Tuesday and Wednesday I didn't do so well at writing down all of my foods. It is a pain and I kind of took a break from it. Let me see if I can remember what I ate.

Tuesday 1-17-12
Kellogs Carmel Pecan Crunch Cereal with added fiber, 1/2 a bananna
Cheesy Tortialla Chips, with hamburger, colby cheese and El Pato
For Dinner I made Meatloaf and roasted Veggies, Red Potatoes, Golden Potatoes, Green Peppers, Green Onions, Carrots and Mushrooms
I'm pretty sure I drank my quota of water

Wednesday 1-18-12
A mini bagel with Brummel & Brown Strawberry Spread
Leftover Meatloaf and Potatoes
2 Hershey Milk Chocolate with Almonds Nuggets
For Dinner I made Stirfry, Chicken, Broccolli, Bamboo Shoots, Water Chestnuts, Pea Pods, and Carrots. Served with White Rice, also I warmed up frozen egg rolls, I only had one.

I have a Volleyball game tonight and I'm looking forward to it, but so far besides Volleyball, I still haven't gotten into an excercising regimine. The weather has been great here in the afternoons, I think maybe I should get a new tube for my bike and then I can go bike riding with Graham. It's never a big workout riding bikes with him but it's excercise and being out in the sun getting that Vitamin D. Also with these great temps in the 50's and even some 60's maybe I should get out in the yard and start cleaning it up? I was also thinking of finding a (or a couple) streaming work out video on Netflix to do in the mornings. I just need to get myself on a routine! Definitly next week on Monday I'm re-starting Zumba.

I think I mentioned before that we're trying to cut our Carbs down. For all kinds of reasons, because of Kortnie's Diabetes and her Dr suggested that would be a good thing, because it's good for us. Well, that's not "all kinds of reasons", but they are good reasons. So, my main goal has been to cut down on the carbs at dinner M-Sat and then have our big carby dinners on Sunday afternoons after church. So, Monday we had Nachos on Monday, Meatloaf on Tuesday, and Wednesday it was Stir-Fry. Tonight I am thinking Broccolli and Cheese soup with tuna salad. I still need more ideas. I guess it's time for a "Low-Carb Dinner" board on Pinterest.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012


I got on the scale this morning and weighed in at 188.0! 5 pounds down from the beginning of the year. I'm pretty happy about it.

Saturday 1-14-12

I didn't really write everything down, it was a busy day. First of all we slept in. I had a bananna for breakfast then we went to a yard sale. Graham got a Wii game for $10, he's pretty happy with it. Then we came home and I had the leftover Taco Soup from Thursday night for lunch. Went to Anastasia's basketball game and straight to Walmart after that. I got a few things for the girls lunchboxes, some mini bagels, frozen veggies. Just a few things on my list. I also got Kortnie's new prescriptions to the pharmacy. That was my main reason for going to Walmart. The kids were hungry so I got them some popcorn chicken from the deli to share on the way home. I ate a bananna on the way home, (flashback from when I went to Walmart earlier in the week :-) We got home just in time to make dinner. We made tostada's. Put the tostada shell down on a cookie sheet, spread 1 Tbsp of Refried Beans on the shell, topped that with about 2 Tbsp of ground beef, then a little bit of shredded cheese. I put them under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Then I topped with lettuce, El Pato, and cilantro. I left off the sour cream to save calories, but I did eat 3 tostada's. Usually I would make rice or something for a side dish, but since we are cutting carbs, I didn't make any. I had water all day, pretty sure I had my quota of water.

Sunday 1-15-12
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ham, 1 pancake with Brummel & Brown Strawberry spread
Went to Church
Air popped Pop-Corn
Had a meeting at church (we were asked to Serve in the Nursery and released from our Service in Cub Scouts!)
3 Little Smokies (Turkey)
Bowl of Cereal.
**I made breakfast and then after we got home from church we had a "fend for yourself" day**

I didn't really eat much or snack much on Saturday or Sunday. Kinda nice.

Monday 1-16-12
It's another lazy kind of day, it's MLK day, kids are home from school and it's Brian's regular day off of work.

Breakfast: Water
Lunch: We made Nachos, browned hamburger, corn chips, nacho cheese, cilantro, El Pato, Green Onions (I had 2 bowls of them)
I also had a few Black Olives while I was chopping them up.

Now it's 2pm, the kids want to go to Dairy Queen to use the gift cards they got for Christmas, I will probably end up getting a small Blizzard. We already deceided to just have leftovers or nachos again for dinner. I have some lettuce in the fridge, so I'll probably just have a taco salad, instead of nachos again.

My friend Sandy is doing a Zumbathon to raise money for JDRF and Kortnie's Krusaders in a few weeks. I'm so excited, this will definitly get me back to Zumba starting tonight so I can know some of the new dances before the Zumbathon! So, that's what I'm going to work on, going to Zumba every Monday and Wednesday evening until the Zumbathon on Feb 4. Oh, and Volleyball on Thursday nights!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Good Morning! It's been a few days since I posted. Wednesday was payday, so I balanced the checkbook, paid some bills and went shopping at Walmart. Thursday was a busy day, in the morning I cleaned house, then in the afternoon I went to the girls' school and did some Box Top Incentive parties. I am the President of the PTO, every quarter we collect Box Tops from the classes and the ones who collect the most get a treat party. So, Graham and I went to the school and handed out Ice Cream Sandwiches to 2 classes, and I didn't even have one! After that I picked the kids up, came home and cleaned a few more thing, took the girls to Girl Scouts, came home, fed them dinner, then dropped Stasia off at basketball practice and I hustled up to the church because I had to ref a Volleyball game, we both had to be there at 6 so it was a bit crazy, after I refed, I had a game to play in. Meanwhile Brian got home from work around 645pm, he picked Anastasia up at her practice then came up to the church to get Kortnie and Graham who were with me. I got home around 8:30, helped get the kids in bed, played a few games of pool with Brian, then he went to play a video game while I watched a TV show until it was time to check Kortnie's blood sugar. I checked her at 11pm then went to bed, Phew! It was a Go, Go, GO kind of day.

Here's a breakdown of what I ate those days. My cousin Michelle posted a comment on here about what a pain in the butt it is to keep a food diary, and yep it is. It sucks, and not only do I keep a food diary for myself, but for Kortnie, I keep a blood sugar, carbohydrate, and insulin dosage food diary. So it's double duty! BUT...it does help keep me in check, if I want something to snack on, I think to myself, I don't want to write it down for the whole world to see, or I don't want to go find the notebook, or I don't want to have a long list of crap. So, for now it's keeping me accountable, that's a good thing.

1/10/12 Tuesday
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt 190cal, 1/2 cup cereal 112cal, 1/4 cup Craisins 110cal, 20oz water
Lean Cuisine Lasagna 320cal, Lean Cuisine Dip with Pita Bread 200cal, 20oz water
20oz water, 3 miniture Hershey's 120cal
20oz Emergen-C 25cal, 20oz water
3 Broiled Chicken Tenders, 1.5 cups Homemade Mac&Cheese, 10oz water

1/11/12 Wednesday
Slim Fast Shake 170cal (on the way to Walmart)
20oz water (while shopping)
Bannana (on the way home, Graham got some popcorn chicken from the deli, I ate one of the bannanas I bouth, GOOD FOR ME! LOL, I was proud of myself for that one :-)
Cobb Salad, lettuce, bacon, cheese, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, onion, 1/2 hardboiled egg, ranch (which I bought at the deli at Walmart, premade, it was good, but I ate the whole thing which said it served 5 people???? Well, I didn't eat all of the ranch so that's good, right?)
Bagel 190cal, Brummel and Brown Strawberry Spread 50cal, 20oz water
20oz water
3 Egg Ham & Cheese, Green Pepper Omelet, hasbrowns, 20oz water

1/12/12 Thursday
20oz water, 12oz Peppermint Green Tea
Turkey Sandwich on whole Grain, 20oz water
20oz water
Taco Soup with corn chips and cheese on top, 20oz water
went to Volleyball
Another bowl of Taco Soup, no cheese this time
Here's the recipe,it was Yummy!

1/13/12 Friday
Yesterday the kids were out of school, Kortnie had an appointment with her Endocrinologist in Scottsdale, so we headed down to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. We call the cities down there "The Valley" So we headed to the Valley, it's about a 230 mile drive one way and it's the big city, so when you go down you plan for shopping, eating out, etc. We left home around 7:40, our first stop was the mall. Anastasia had a pair of jeans to take back to JCP and also a gift card to spend there. Then Kortnie and I went looking for the Tinkerbell store, but found a different accesories store in it's place. Anastasia and I got new sunglasses, Kortnie got a new headband and a pair of earrings. After that we went Costco, Brian and the kids got the famous Costco food court hot dogs while I got toilet paper. (That's all I bought there, haha, kinda funny). After that we headed over to the Dr appointment, everyone ate in the car so I drove. The Dr appointment lasted over 2 hours (which was good since it was our first visit, the new Dr took the time to get to know us, but that's another post for another blog :-) After the Dr, we went to the airport, I used to work there at Continental airlines, so I went to see a few people and pick up some Blood Glucose test strips that someone was giving us there. (Yay!) We hit traffic so it took us quite awhile, after the airport we were ready for dinner so we headed over to Olive Garden (the kids picked this for their great report cards and we like it too). After we ate we were tired and ready to go home. We were going to go to Sam's Club and Harbor Freight too, but as we are trying to spend less we opted out. We got home around 10:30 last night. Long day!
Here's what I ate.

Bagel 190cal, Brummel and Brown strawberry spread 50cal, 20oz water
Hot Chocolate from Maverick, 20oz water
3 bites of Costco Hot Dog, Lemonade (NO SODA!) I don't really like hot dogs, but they smelled good, so I had a few bites, Brian got 3! of them, so I made him give me a little bit of his **I would have had water, but I was feeling a bit shakey and my blood sugar was probably a little low, some reason it does that when I'm on long car rides, so I got the lemonade, I think that's also the reason I ate that stinkin' hot dog**
20oz water
Olive Garden, I got Seafood Portofino and Salad and water. I ate the whole entree and 2 big bowls of salad. We did not order an appetizer (save money, save calories) and I did not have a breadstick. The kids got dessert but Brian and I didn't . Oh, Graham ordered Ravioli and a side of grapes, he didn't finish his grapes, so I finished them for him, that's okay right, grapes, they are sweet and good for you. :-)

On an end note, Kortnie's Dr did tell us to cut back on some of her carbs, which is a kind of blessing. Every other Dr and nurse has told her since diagnosis, "You can eat anything you want" so she's taken that to heart and so has Brian. Well, yeah, she can eat anything, but it's still a good idea to cut back on carbs. So we are going to have much lower carb dinners M-S, we'll save our bigger carb dinners for Sunday afternoon's after church.

Low carb dinner ideas? Send them my way please!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Tuesday, Oh Tuesday. One of my most favorite days. The girls are in school, Brian's back to work after his weekend, and Graham goes to school for 2 hours in the morning. I spend these 2 alone hours doing....well doing whatever...Today I am watching Netflix and cruising the internet. Just kind of sitting and relaxing.

Here's my weekend in review.

Saturday 1-7-12

1 slice of watermelon
2 chocolate pretzels
1 corn chip
20oz Emergen-C
Yes, I know that's kind of a crazy breakfast, we slept in, Kortnie had a friend spend the night and Stasia was gone to another friends house.

Popcorn-airpopped and 20oz water
Anastasia had her first basketball game so I popped 1 cup of popcorn kernels and put it in a ziplock bag and we took it to the game with us. Graham, Kortnie, Zoie and I shared the popcorn, I don't think I ate too much.

I had a bowl of cereal with milk, I never finish the milk left in the bottom of the bowl
30oz water and a stick of gum

3 Broiled Chicken Tenders
1.5cups of White Rice
1/2cup carrots and 1/2cup of Pineapple
20oz water
5 slices of chocolate orange 230calories

I stayed strong and didn't have a soda all day.

Sunday 1-8-12
Hot Apple Cider, I mixed 1 packet of regular and 1 packet of sugar free 95calories
Fried Potatos and scrambled eggs

1 slice chocolate orange and 30oz water
20oz water
popcorn and 20oz water
I was feeling kind of yucky all day Sunday you know "girl yucky" so I just laid around

Egg Noodles with Stroganoff style Meatballs and Gravy, Green Beans 20oz water
I had one more 20oz water before bed

I weighed in on Sunday and I was 191.4 so that's a loss of 1.6 pounds. I figured it would be more, but I was bloated and yuck, so I don't think it counts. LOL...whatever 1.6 pounds is great and I'm happy with it.

Monday 1-9-12
10oz water, Caramel Pecan Crunc Cereal with Fiber and Milk 260calories-but I dind't drink all the milk so I probably didn't have all of those calories

20oz water Cup-O-Noodles Spicy Chicken flavor, a turkey and swiss sandwich on whole grain, no mayo, no butter, another 20oz water and a tiny piece of Brownie

8oz water
A big Chicken Taco Salad, lettuce, chicken, cilantro, El Pato, cheese, and a few Crispy Tortilla Strips (kind of like crutons)

This morning I am feeling lots better, no more bloating or achy gassy stomach, so I weighed myself again and it was 190.0 pounds so down 3 pounds total. Yay!

I still haven't gotten back on the excercising bandwagon. I'm going to get there though. My plans for the rest of today are to clean up around the house, it's not super dirty, but I do want to dust and vacume the downstairs, then I want go thru the stuff in the Computer/Craft room, get the recipts for tax time all in one spot.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Well, I'm still pluggling along. I don't think I'm not 100% avoiding sweets or junk, but I do think I'm making progress. I haven't had any soda all year! That's good for me. I haven't had any fast food either. Yay! I am going to Phoenix next Friday to take Kortnie to a doctor's appointment and to do some shopping. We promised the kids we'd take them to Olive Garden. Not the lowest fat dining option by far, but it's a place we all enjoy, we don't get to go very often, Kortnie's the one who has to go to the doctor so she should get to pick and also both girls got very good grades on their report cards, so this will be a reward for that as well. I'll not order soda or dessert, eat lots of salad and maybe only 1/2 of what I order. I'll bring the other 1/2 home for the next day.
Breakfast: Scrambled egs, 1 piece of Whole Grain Toast, 1/2 an apple
Lunch: Turkey, Swiss and Avocado on Whole Grain Toast Sandwich, no Mayo, No Butter
Snack: Air Popped popcorn, 2 gummy bears
Dinner: Shredded beef roast in a tortilla with cheese, cilantro, avocado, white rice on the side. I actually think I had 2 burritos. They tasted so good :-) That's my problem I guess.
Had Water all day, an Emergen-C at lunch

Breakfast: Hot Chocolate
Lunch: Turkey, Swiss and Avocado on Whole Grain Toast Sandwich, no Mayo, no Butter
Snack: Airpopped Popcorn and an Apple
Treat: 2 Hershey Dark Chocolate with Almonds Nuggets
Dinner: Spaghetti with Meatballs
I drank tons of water all day and had one Emergen-C Pink Lemonade with lunch 25cal

Breakfast: Nothing
Lunch: Went grocery shopping and I was hungry, got a bunch of stuff and settled on Lean Cuisine Tortilla Crusted Fish meal 300calories, I also had a Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Dip with Pita Bread 200calories
Treat: Butter Pecan Frozen Yogurt (Graham wanted ice cream and so I had some with him, we have tons of ice cream in the house, I'd like to just get it all gone and not buy any more for awhile)
Snack: Air Popped Popcorn
Dinner: We had "make you own pizza night" the kids all made pizzas, Brian and I made calzones. I put in mine sauce, cheese, green peppers, turkey lunchmeat, mushrooms, peppercini's and garlic-rosemary seasoning. I tried to put less cheese than usual
I drank water all day, no Emergen-C's or Crystal Light's. Oh wait I did have a lemonade blended with ice with dinner. Geez, Lemonade slush and ice cream in one day. Uh Oh!

Today is Saturday. I have some chicken out, think I'll make grilled chicken, rice and veggies for dinner. The kids want me to cut open a watermelon for breakfast, so I'll probably have some of that. Lunch, who knows? It's a whole different ball game on weekends when the kids are home all day. I have to say that I'm dying for a Diet Coke. If I'm going to have one, it's going to be tomorrow or Monday, those are Brian's day's off and he'll go to Maverick and get a mug and I'd go with him. I hope I can hold myself off, but I'm not sure if I can. Maybe I'll tell myself that if I don't have one this weekend I'll let myself have one on the 3.5 hour drive down to Phoenix next Friday.

Tomorrow is Sunda, I'm going to weigh in the morning and see if I'm down any pounds. I have gotten on the scale a few times this week and at one point I was down 3.0 pounds. I have to remember to get on the scale in the morning when my clothes are off. I think morning weights are usually the most accurate, I wonder if that's true or something I just made up myself.

I have not gotten back on any kind of excercise plan. I'm going to have to work on that next week.

Monday, January 2, 2012


I weighed and measured myself this morning. I'm gonna put it all out here so I can see my progress in loss and to keep myself accountable. So here goes....

Weight: 193.0 pounds
Waist: 39.5 inches
Hips/Butt: 48.0 inches
Thighs: 41.5 inches
Neck: 14.25 inches

I stayed away from soda yesterday, Yay! It wasn't that hard. After I blogged last night I ended up having another glass of water and 2 Lindor Truffles, which they are 73 calories each, I just looked that up. Yikes! Next time only 1...or none.

So far today, I had a cup of hot tea, Orange Spice and 4 mini taos and 2 tater tots. More leftovers.

Okay, gotta get busy, the girls are back to school this morning and Brian had to go in to work on his day off for inventory. I have almost all of the Chrismtas stuff down, today I'm going to take the tree down and then reorganize the closet under the stairs. I keep most of the holiday decorations in there and I'd like to be able to fit more of the Christmas stuff in there as well, instead of keeping it in the garage. There are so many decorations that I don't use anymore, so I'm gonna try to go thru it and put some of the stuff we don't use in the yard sale pile.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I'm off to a good start, New Year, New Me. This year I plan on working on all kinds of things. I want to be healthy and happy. I am fairly healthy and pretty happy, but I want more. I'd like to lose some weight, I'm definitly overweight and I want to work on that. I want to be more active. I want to feel good about the way I look. I want to run around with my kids and enjoy life. I don't want to be a bump on a log anymore. I want to make myself pretty everyday for my husband. I want to get dressed, do my hair and maybe some makeup too. It's gonna be a good year. It's all about me. I love my kids, I love my husband, but it's not going to be "all about them" this year, it's going to be "about me" too.

No soda
Lots of water
Make healthier choies when cooking, buying and eating food
Excercise more often, 4 out of 7 days a week

Today, I haven't made the best choices, but I haven't fallen off the wagon yet. I'm already pretty sure that Sunday's are going to be my "cheat" days. Sunday is the one day all of us are at home, Brian's off work, the kids are out of school.

Breakfast: 1 mini cheeseburger and 3 mini tacos and 36ozs water. (We had the cheeseburger and tacos leftover from our finger food buffet from New Year's Eve)

Went to church 11am-2pm

Lunch/Snack: 36ozs water, then we went to Show Low, had to get something so Brian could fix the kitchen sink at Lowe's, then we went to the China Wok Buffet, I ate 2 plates of food, 1 cup of soup and 1 scoop of tapicoa pudding. I got mostly rice, veggies and chicken. I stayed away from the fried stuff...mostly. I still probabaly had way too many calories, but it could have been worse. I also had 20ozs water with my meal.

Came home, took down the Christmas lights outside then sat down to look at the computer and write this new blog.

Dinner: We usually only have one big meal on Sunday afternoon's. For dinner we'll just look for leftovers or something. I'm not really hungry, I'll probably have another glass of water and maybe an apple.

It's 6:30 now, so I guess I'll ask the kids if they want something to eat, and then I'll start getting them ready for bed. Back to school tomorrow (they've been off for 2 weeks for the Christmas break), I am so ready for them to go back to school.

Tomorrow I'll post my measurments and weight. I also plan on getting myself back to Zumba tomorrow!