Tuesday, November 22, 2011
So, for today, here is a link for some great preschool activity bags on a blog that I love for MANY reasons.
The blog is Walking by the Way and you can click HERE to go directly to the page with the preschool activity bags.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This contest has really been an eye opener and has given me the motivation I needed to get started losing all this weight. I may have only lost an average of 1 pound a week, but that's still more than I was losing before, and that's all that matters!! I now have good exercise equipment that I really like, a healthy relationship with food and an exercise routine that will keep the pounds dropping long after this competition is over.
I want to thank everyone who has stayed with us through this journey and supported us - we needed your motivation to really get through this and feel like it was worth it!! Please make sure to check up with us on our personal blogs and please feel free to leave me your blog address or email it to me so I can follow your blogs and keep in contact!! I love that I've made so many new friends!!
I will be here for the mini-contest next season and can't wait to see how everyone's final weigh-in goes...I was pleasantly surprised with mine and sad that I couldn't have gotten into this groove 6 weeks ago!!
Way to go everyone!!!
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 13, 2011
So, for those wondering "Gee, she has barely lost any weight" it's not from lack of trying...This last week was amazing, exercising every day for at least 45 minutes...and I LOVED it!! I was eating great and have visibly lost weight, but barely anything on the scale. The only thing I can think of is that it has to do with the fact that I'm gaining muscle from the weights and cycling, so that's tripping up the weight issue?!?!
It's just so irritating because you work so hard and then you barely get anything on the scale to make you feel like it was all worth it. I'm not going to stop exercising every day with my new equipment, and I'm still going to keep up my new healthy eating habits, but I just had to share this because when everybody sees the weigh-ins they are going to see that I have barely lost anything, and I want to at least give you a reason why! I seem to remember that this happened the first week I did Zumba too, I was burning TONS of calories but nothing showed up on the scale, but then the next week it started showing...since this is the first week I have exercised every day, and it was way more than I ever did before, I'm hoping that this is the same thing...
So, hopefully next week it will all come together and the fruits of my hard labor will be known!!
Hope you all had a great week!!
Friday, November 11, 2011
This is just a quick update and short brag session... I have exercised for anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes every day since Sunday!! I love it... And each day I go a few minutes longer! My daughter comes out in the garage with me and does her school work and I can watch some of the YouTube videos that I would never have enough time to watch! I love having this elliptical and bike all in one - seriously the best investment we ever made!!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
How many times a week do you weigh yourself? Do you do it once a week to be surprised, or do you do it every other day, or every day to have a constant reminder??
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, after my rant on Friday night, my husband hit Craig's List and found me a new elliptical. Better yet, it's a bike and an elliptical!! It's nothing fancy, but it works...and as a result, I got to exercise again yesterday - FINALLY!!!
I really enjoyed being able to exercise again, and now I can read a book while I exercise!
I also decided that since it's a new week I'm going to break out our camcorder and start making some memories on film with the kids. Just another angle for weight loss motivation because no one wants to be the fat mom in the home videos. I am excited that I will be able to document my weight loss through film too and then keep those videos as motivation in the future!! After meeting up with some of my favorite YouTubers on Saturday morning I really got the inspiration I needed to just start filming. I still have to work out how to get the HD quality from my camera to the computer, but I'm sure with time I will get the hang of it.
So...if you want to see our first video and my slightly less chubby face, check us out!!
Rain, Rain, go away - Ep. #1
Hope you all had a good weekend...my weigh-in wasn't super satisfying, but it wasn't disappointing either. This week I am finally armed with all the tools I need, a good scale, great motivation and new exercise equipment...IT'S ON!!!!!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES:
Two 9 x 13 pans:
2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 pound (about 2-1/2 cups) packed brown sugar
1 Tblsp. vanilla
1 pound (about 3-3/4 cups) powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup hot water
ONE 9x13 PAN
1 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 pound (about 1-1/4 cups) packed brown sugar
1/2 Tblsp. vanilla (I didn't measure - just guessed)
1/2 pound (a little less than 2 cups) powdered sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/6 cup hot water (just filled a small cup with hot tap water and drizzled in a little at a time)
-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat your pan(s) with cooking spray.
-In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer) beat shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs; beat 3 minutes more. Add vanilla.
-On low speed, beat in the flour mixture.
-If doing the double recipe, divide the batter - then pour batter into pan(s). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes until lightly browned (my single pan needed all 30 of those minutes). Let cool slightly.
-FROSTING - Beat powdered sugar, peanut butter, shortening, salt and vanilla. Add hot water a little at a time. Beat until smooth. Spread over blondies while still warm.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
I saw a video of myself a few months before I got pregnant with our third baby, in mid 2010. Yesterday I decided to go through all our camcorder footage from the past 5 years and organize and move it to an external hard drive so I could edit and organize it all (I finally found the disk that came with the camera to put movies together and burn DVDs). I found a clip where I had been videoing our daughter dancing around at Disney's California Adventure Park and had asked my husband to video my son and I (I wanted to get him dancing on camera - I try to avoid the moving pictures...) and as I was watching the clip I almost cried...I looked so large. Now, I am 20 pounds lighter right now than I was then, and I have to admit, looking at that video made me feel REALLY good about where I am now - but it also made me realize how much I REALLY don't ever want to be that woman again. I never want someone to look at me and see that ever again.
So...even though it's pouring outside and my plans for a walk have been derailed, I have the motivation I needed to get out an exercise DVD. When my son takes a nap I will be putting the baby down for a nap as well, pulling the van out of the garage and exercising out there. I will have my daughter bring out her school work and she can work on it in the garage with me while I exercise. This is it, I think seeing that video really made me feel like I'd hit rock bottom. I even felt bad for my husband...he's never once made comments to me about losing weight, or telling me I shouldn't be eating junk food when I did. I actually felt guilty that he had to claim that chunky monkey when we were out in public.
On the plus side, I can definitely see the difference 20 pounds makes - and for the first time in many years I felt good about the way I looked - I might still be chunky, but at least I'm not THAT chunky anymore!! So, today is a new day. I am going to head to Target and get my own scale so I can weight myself every few days instead of having to wait to drive to my husband's family's home on the weekends. One thing I have discovered is absolutely essential to weight management is a good scale. If you are constantly weighing yourself you will know when you are starting to creep up and can nip it in the bud before it gets bad - unlike the way I was doing it before, which was when clothes starting getting too tight it was time to start thinking about doing something.
I guess sometimes it takes seeing that old video, or feeling like you've hit rock bottom to really get that kick in the pants you needed. I still have a goal of reaching One-derland before this competition is over, and if I can get serious and do this I think it's still possible!!! I am just having such a hard time motivating myself with so much other stuff going on....kids, cleaning, homeschooling, working from home, a new baby - I need to focus and remember that I am just as important and that losing weight isn't a selfish goal. If I lose weight everyone wins because I'll be healthier and have more energy and I'll be a much better representation of our family.
I would love to hear any motivational comments you guys might have - did you have a rock-bottom moment that made you stop and say "enough is enough?"
Thursday, November 3, 2011
So...with my love of lapbooks hanging over our heads, I give you an amazing lapbook resource I discovered the other day while looking for additional content to put in a lapbook for the book "The Rag Coat" which we are reading with our Five In A Row curriculum.
The link above will take you to the actual post with this specific lapbook, but you can easily hit the "home" button at the top to go to the homepage and see what else she has to offer. I havent' done much exploring to see what else is there, but if the rest of the stuff is anything like the lapbook I found I will be visiting her again!!