My life as a woman, wife and mother.


Tomorrow is March 1st. I’ve set some lofty goals for myself for this next month. I’ll share them all tomorrow. 😛 Besides having goals there are also things that I will be ‘avoiding’ the next 31 days. That’ll be the challenging part for me.

This past weekend was an enjoyable time with my family. Of course, I did not eat well, restaurant food is the worst, the worst for me, the worst tasting and such a rip-off. I’m happy to be home to food that I can prepare the way I like it. I did exercise in the hotel gym on Saturday. Their machines are noisy, old, not well taken care of,  so I did NOT go in there this morning. It was all I could do to get in some cardio yesterday. It make me really appreciate the things I have available to me in my own home.

Tomorrow I start Yoga classes again. I’m hoping to regain some of my flexibility along with the calming aspect of Yoga. The funny part is that following Yoga I will be going to an hour long Zumba class where I will dance my heart out to latin beats! It’s basically the polar opposite of Yoga. Oh well, it’ll get me revved up for when the girls get home from school. 🙂

Well, that’s it in a nutshell. I will attempt to post tomorrow morning before I head out to Yoga. If not then, it’ll be early afternoon before I’ll get a chance to post.

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Day 32-34

Mornin’. I’m slowly coming out of the funk I am in. I’m seriously hoping that a weekend away will help lift my mood.

I did earn 3 APs this morning, including some strength training which kicked my booty and my triceps! Jillian is a killer. I’ve also packed workout clothes for Saturday and Sunday for the hotel. They have a gym on site and I’m only hoping it opens early and not at 8am, that’ll be too late for me to workout.

I’ve decided that starting next week I need to get back into walking on the treadmill in the afternoon. I need the endorphin rush, the calorie burn and the 30 min. of watching Dr. Oz uninterrupted. 🙂 I’m going to shoot for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I’m also going to continue going to Zumba on Monday and Wednesday mornings, so that’ll be my 2nd workout. I know I need to get in more activity to get off some of this weight. The other part is I need to get my eating back under control.

I know I use food as a barrier, separating myself from what is going on around me and focusing on me and the food. I know I’m not alone in my struggles and that I’m not a freak since a lot of people have these issues. In the past year I have made progress in my binges. I’m more ‘aware’ even though I’m hiding. Does that make sense? It’s not a blind flurry of stuffing my face, but a methodical pre-planning of sorts. I just saw a show on Dr. Oz about a woman who was literally killing herself with food. I totally can see how that is possible. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the darkness. However, I know I will come back from this. I always do. I’ve set some goals for myself for March. My reward for reaching those goals will be to use the gift certificate I have for a massage. I soooo want a massage, but I’m using that for a reward for taking care of myself in March. 31 days, I can do that!

I’ll start posting again on Monday, March 1st. It’ll be a new start for me and each day will bring me closer to being who I know I can be. Thank you to all my friends who support me, I truly need that support.

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Day 31 – Ugg..

Well, you’ll notice I didn’t post my supper last night. Wanna know why? I didn’t eat supper. Wanna know why? Because I chose to eat from 3pm-5pm, one snack here another here and before I knew it I was stuffed! Why to I let emotional eating get to me? Why can’t I just be normal around food?

Okay, that’s over. I am choosing NOT to dwell on the past. Instead, I got in a great workout this morning and had a wonderful breakfast of chocolate oatmeal. So far the day is going well besides the fact the scale said 163.2, so that’s up 1.2# since yesterday. Sodium and junk is all that 1.2# is.

I’m volunteering today at school and other than that I have no plans except to prepare for tomorrow’s visit to the waterpark. We are leaving Friday after supper and coming home Sunday mid-day. Obviously I won’t be posting, but I intend to take a bunch of photos! (*Even if I won’t look super hot in my swimming suit!*) LOL


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Day 30 – Getting over the hump!

As you can see the scale is down another 0.8# this morning. Yippy! I was worried with all the ‘extra’ food I ate last night that it would come back to bite me. Now to only see the 150’s soon, I HATE the 160’s.

No 4:30am exercise for me this morning. My legs are finally feeling better and instead I got up early and chatted with DH. Sometimes it’s just nice to reconnect without the children listening in. I’m holding out on breakfast until the kiddos get up. It’ll be oatmeal! *gasp* 🙂

I AM, however, going to Zumba at 9:30am. An hour of cardio and sweating should be a good workout for a Wednesday. I have to bring along my clothes today so I can change. DD#2 has her followup Dr. appointment today to make sure her lungs have cleared up from the pneumonia and make sure her ear infection is gone. I told her she could eat Subway today, and I’m thinking we’ll just pickup the sandwich and bring it home. I’m not really in the mood for Subway and would just rather eat at home.


Zumba was good, I definately earned those 2 APs today!

I’m happy to report DD#2 has a clean bill of health AND a whole bunch of new stickers from the Dr.

I’m glad I had lunch prepped ahead of time since we didn’t get home until almost 1pm and I was starving! I had tuna pitas and butternut squash.

I’m also thrilled to show you my awesome deal at Kmart! DD#2 desperately needs a new winter coat and we struggled all winter to find one. Before her Dr. appt. we quickly ran into Kmart ‘just to see’.

Let’s get a close-up on the receipt! Regularly $49.99, I THOUGHT I was paying $34.99 (which I was okay with) and it rang up at $12.99!!! Woohoo!


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Day 29 – Gaga (as in Lady)

Morning all! I’m listening to my new CD, The Fame by Lady Gaga. I must say I like it. I needed some new songs for my MP3 player and since I like most of her songs I opted for this CD.

I earned 3 APs this morning between the elliptical and some strength training. My thighs are STILL sore from 3 days ago! Oh, here’s what I weighed this morning.  That’s down .8# from yesterday.

Breakfast was a potato & carrot hash. It was super yummy!

And guess what I came up with to satisfy my Starbucks craving?

That’s right! A homemade frappuccino!

Well, today I’m helping out in DD#1’s classroom. I get to organize some test packets for the kids. Before that I need to go to Wal-mart to pick up a few items. It seems we can not live without string cheese in this house! LOL


I was kept very busy volunteering this morning. I didn’t even get to organizing my packets so I’ll have that to do on Thursday.

Lunch was a variation of something I’ve done before. I sauteed garlic in 1 t. olive oil, added in peppers, mushrooms and onions and cooked until tender. Then I added in 1/2 pkg. of tofu shirataki noodles and one laughing cow cheese wedge. I ate that along with some roasted carrots and a garlic thin. I followed it all with a sf jello.


Supper was homemade pizza. The dough recipe I have makes 2 super thin crust pizzas and my portion of the crust is only 4 points!

Here’s a photo our the girls’ pizza (round) and DH & my pizza (square). My half is on the right.

Then my two plates worth of pizza!

Next time I’m not going to make the crust soooo thin. The middle wasn’t quite crisp enough, but it was a nice yeasty dough.

I was super munchy last night, but I did experience a NSV. I logged all the food I ate, weighed it out and even when I ‘wanted’ more food I stopped. I brushed and flossed and put in a stick of gum. I could have seriously done some major food damage but I didn’t. 🙂

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Day 28 – Snowy Monday

Well, here it is!

Very disappointing considering yesterday morning I was 160.8. So almost 3# in one day I know I didn’t consume enough food to justify a REAL gain. I’m thinking partly sodium, partly a great strength workout yesterday, and partly too much munching before bed. It’s a gain of 0.8# in 2 weeks. So I’ve decided to WI Monday-Friday this week (I’ll be gone on the weekend) and post the weights each day. I know it’s going to fluctuate.

On a positive note I got in a good workout this morning. 15 min. elliptical, 25 min. on the treadmill and 5 min. of abs. I earned 3 APs and I have Zumba today too. I’ll be taking the kiddos with me this morning so they should be entertained for that hour! LOL Afterwards we are picking up DD#1’s friends from school for a playdate. They’ll be here for lunch and then for part of the afternoon. I’m hoping they’ll all have a nice time together.

Breakfast was oatmeal with carrots, flax, canola oil, cinnamon, allspice, hazelnut syrup, & truvia. Then I promptly brushed my teeth and am chewing some gum.

I’m going to try really hard this week to keep a lot of my WPA for Saturday. We are headed to Wisconsin Dells on Friday night – Sunday morning and we are eating out twice on Saturday. I have breakfast (my own food) and lunch (Perkins)  under control that day but dinner will be at Pedro’s. I plan to eat ‘sensibly’ there, but I may have a few too many chips and salsa! For now I’m planning on avoiding that 16-20 pt. margarita! 🙂


Zumba was good this morning, not too high energy, but enough to earn 2 APs. The girls were soooo good there, just sitting and soaking it all up! 🙂

Lunch was pita pizza since the girls were all eating frozen pizza. I also had some green beans and for dessert a cinnamon/truvia thin. I’m stuffed! Oh, the diet lime coke probably didn’t help the bloated feeling!

Here’s a nice picture of it before I cut it all to pieces! It was pretty good.

I’m debating on going to a speaker at the high school tonight. I’d like to hear what he has to say, but I hate being gone from 5:30pm-7:45pm. We’ll see how I feel when the time rolls around.

I AM trying a new recipe for supper tonight. It’s chicken curry. I’m making the chicken breasts separately because I find it very difficult to account for points when it’s IN the dish. I wonder if I’m getting my ‘fair share’ of the meat! LOL The rest is like a vegetable stir-fry with broccoli and carrots. The picture looks good and I’ll let you all know how it turns out.

The girls playdate is going well. They are fed and are now outside running around, sledding and playing in the fort. I’m sure they be in shortly requesting hot cocoa or something.

Oh, I weighed myself after Zumba because I know the scale was cruel to me this morning and I was DOWN from this morning. Explain that? I’ve drank like a camel, eaten breakfast AND snacks and I weigh less? I knew this morning was a crock. Tune in for tomorrow’s number.


Guess what I got in the mail today?

My Fireworks Popcorn order! 12 delicious varieties of popcorn! Have I mentioned I’m an addict? I can’t wait to try some tonight. I do have 4 points left after all.

Supper was fantastic too. I made Chicken Curry with brown rice. I’ll share the recipe since it was pretty good and the rice recipe I found online is THE BEST was to make brown rice.

First, here’s a pic. I made the chicken breasts separately since I want to know how many ounces I’m consuming.

Here’s the ingredients:

  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 2 t. curry powder
  • 1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 T. soy sauce

Combine all of the above until blended. Set aside.

  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 1 c. sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

Put the oil in a pan and heat it up (I used my wok). Put in the carrots and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Add in onions and cook for 2 minutes.

Add in your slurry mix to the vegetables, boil and cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Serve with rice and chicken.

Now, on to the rice. The easiest way in the world to get rice that isn’t chewy or hard.

  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 4 c. water
  • dash of salt

Boil the water and salt in a pan. Rinse your rice for 30 seconds under cold water. Add to boiling water and boil on medium, UNCOVERED for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain for 10 seconds over your sink and then put back into the pan, slap on a tight-fitting lid and let steam for 10 minutes in the pan. The rice turned out great! Try it!

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Day 27 – A shopping I will go!

Good Sunday morning! I only wish the sun was shining, but it doesn’t appear I’ll get my wish today. I slept in a bit this morning, but still got in a workout. I did about 20 min. on the elliptical and then 25 min. of the Biggest Loser workout from the library, it’s due back tomorrow so I had to get it in. I did earn 2.5 APs bringing my weekly total to 25.5.

Soon we are going to head out to Kohl’s. We have nothing in particular that we need to purchase, but I just want to get out of the house and DH and the girls were home all day yesterday and need a change of scenery.

Okay, hold on to your hats! I had something entirely different for breakfast this morning!

What is it you ask? Well, it’s 1 pt. worth of shredded potato, 1 t. olive oil, onions, red & green pepper, mushrooms and garlic! I ate it along with a thin with garlic & herb laughing cow cheese. I followed it up by a juicy orange to get in my Vitamin C. It was a good breakfast and I’m curious to find out how long it holds me over.

I’m also happy to report that I did NOT binge yesterday, woohoo! I still have 6 WPA left for today since my week starts over tomorrow AND I peaked at the scale and it’s down for now so I’m crossing my fingers for a good WI tomorrow.


Well, shopping was successful. DD#1 got a cute sweater at Kohl’s. DD#2 got some new black shoes at the Tanger Outlet Mall. I got a french fry maker! Woohoo! 🙂 I’m a gadget-lover! I also got to have another Starbucks Frappuccino. Thank goodness there is not one in the town where I live, I’d be broke in no time flat. LOL

Lunch was leftovers, the last of the lentil chili and a toasted flatout for chips. I forgot to take a photo, bad me. I did have butternut squash for dessert. Since lunch I’ve been cleaning up the house and I scrubbed the kitchen floor on my hands and knees. It was pitiful how dirty the water was.

I’m now officially relaxing for the rest of the day. Yes, I’ll do some laundry, but I’m not going to run around like a chicken any more today.


Supper was tacos. Toasted pita chips, refried beans, salsa, veggies and some cheese.

I ended the night using some of my APs. Typical mindless munching while watching Amazing Race. 😛

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Day 26 – Girls just wanna have fun!

Morning! Today is the day of bonding with my female companions! I’m soooo looking forward to some time out and about. I’m a bit crabby this morning, so I’m hoping that the girlfriends will do the trick.

I got up this morning with intentions to work out and then quickly crawled back into bed to read a new book I picked up. I know I’m an exercise-addict and that’s almost worse than a food-addict. I feel extreme guilt when I don’t work out and that’s probably contributing to my bad mood. No endorphins to perk me up! Depending on when I get home today AND how I feel I may do something later, or not.  (Sense the guilt here?) On a positive note I have earned 23 APs so far this week which is pretty standard for me.

I read an article yesterday about exercise-addicts. I have some of the feelings they talk about. It’s crazy, the article said you really only need 30 min. of cardio 5 times a week and 3 days of strength training. I probably get 2x that much cardio or more, but I do admit I slack on the strength. I’m tempted to cut back a bit on the cardio, I know that’s crazy, but I wonder if my body is just so used to what I’m doing that that is part of my problem. I’m also seriously considering changing up the food I eat. Maybe oatmeal for breakfast for the past 4 years needs a change! LOL Anyway, I’m going to think about these things during the next two days and implement any changes on Monday since that’s when my new week starts.

Now on to today. I had oatmeal and a thin for breakfast. I didn’t earn any APs and I feel guilty. I have my food intake planned out for today and I’m confident in my choices. I also have 12 WPA left for today and tomorrow and my 23 APs that are banked, but I don’t want to touch. Oh, I’ve also been getting on the scale in the morning for some accountability. It is just sooo crazy, yesterday I was the same and 2 weeks ago, this morning I’m up over 1# from that. Oh well, I’ll just keep truckin’ on.


I had a very nice time with my friends. Lunch at the Cracker Barrel was good. I stuck to my order and had the turkey breast salad without cheese or croutons and got extra tomatoes and red onions. I also brought along my own dressing. While I was checking out I saw sugar free jelly belly jellybeans. The whole package is only 2 points, while I haven’t had any yet, they will make a yummy treat.

After that we went to the pottery store. I decorated a small square plate and my friends did a mug and a planter. It was a nice time to be creative and to just chat. While we were there I had a diet coke to tide me over since it was getting later in the afternoon.

When we were done we headed to Starbucks and I got a Light Mocha Frappuccino! Heaven in a frosty cup! LOL When we got back to town I did a few errands at Walmart and Pierce’s so I didn’t get home until after 6pm.

Supper was peanut butter & banana toast and cereal. I ended out the day at 30 points and earned 0 APs!

Sorry no pics, I’m a bad blogger!

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Day 25 – The start of the weekend!

I’m determined that this weekend will not be a binge-fest! I’ve already put some things in place to help keep me ‘sane’ and I’ve talked to DH about it.

So, my legs are sore, my pecs are sore, my lats are sore, I guess yesterday’s workout did something! LOL This morning I did 20 min. on the elliptical follwed by 35 on the treadmill. I earned 4 APs and I was a sweaty, but happy, mess. 🙂

So far this morning I had oatmeal and a thin. I have my food pretty much mapped out for today and I don’t want to stray too far into my WPA. As I mentioned yesterday I have an eating out challenge this weekend. It’s only a challenge because sometimes my ‘sane-brain’ goes out the window, but not this weekend! We are meeting at the Cracker Barrel for brunch-lunch with a friend and her mother. The we being: me and 2 of my friends from town (old college roommates). I’m pretty much set on soup and salad. I’m hoping the soup is chicken noodle or vegetable. They have a yummy looking turkey breast salad that I plan to order without the cheese chunk and croutons and instead I’m going to ask for extra tomato and onions. I’ll bring my own dressing along like I usually do.

After lunch the 2 friends and I are going to the Paint-It Pottery Shop to use our creative brains for a while. (The friend and her mother will continue on to a wedding that they are attending in the area.) It’ll be fun for the 3 of us to hang out and chat, paint and just be friends instead of mothers. After that we may take a trip to Coldstone Creamery or Starbucks, they are both in the same strip area. I’ve already planned out what I can get at each place for the points, so my mood at the time will dictate between ice cream or cappuccino. See! I DO have a plan!

Then Sunday rolls around and that’s usually my worst day of the week eating-wise. I told DH that I need a plan. So we really and I mean REALLY need a new shade for our living room. He said that Home Depot has some in stock and in the size we need! Woohoo! So we are going to go there and guess what’s next door? Kohl’s! So some clearance rack shopping will be in order. As you can see the plan is shopping, getting out of the house and SpEnDiNg $$!! That usually makes me happy! LOL

Okay, look at me being a regular Chatty-Cathy. As for today, I have no plans. I have 2 other girls here this morning and then school gets out at noon, so I’ll lose 1 to her grandparents and gain 2 more from school. I’ll only have daycare kids until 2:30pm and then it’s just me and my crew. I should run into town and drop off a movie and pickup a book on hold at the library, but that can always wait.


I couldn’t decide what I wanted for lunch. So I came up with a veggie and hummus stuffed pita and some canned beets. I’d rather have fresh beets, but I’m going to have to wait until summer for that.

I did have some sf jello and now I am stuffed! I ate over an hour ago and I’m STILL full!


Supper was roasted veggies with olive oil and a chicken brat.

I ended the day at 31 pts and earned 4 APs.

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Day 24 – Truckin’ Along…

Morning, the sun is out today! Woohoo! I love a sunny day even if it’s not 75 degrees out. Well, I slept okay last night, not as great as the previous two nights, but it was good. I had a lot of dreams and that always make me feel like I didn’t sleep well.

I got up and told myself I could take it easy this morning, so 2.5 APs for me. I did 25 min. on the elliptical and another 1/2 hour of abs, arms and legs. My body is still sore from 2 days ago! My weekly total is 18 APs and I’m planning on another 10 or so yet this week. I’ve decided to not take Sunday off from exercise since that’s usually the day I eat like a crazy woman. I truly believe that exercise ‘helps’ to keep my appetite in check.

This morning’s breakfast was oatmeal and then an orange. Boy, the orange sure was juicy and sweet, yum!

Today’s agenda is drop of my check to the taxman so he’ll efile them for us and then it’s off to DD#1’s class to help out. I think today I’ll be organizing some more math sheets or books, she didn’t have it figured out on Tuesday so I said if it could wait until Thursday I could do it then. There isn’t much else on the agenda for today since I did 3 loads of laundry yesterday and the house actually looks fairly picked up.


Lunch was delicious and I will be making it again sometime. I started with this as the base: 1/2 pkg. tofu shirataki linguine, 1/2 serving of crab and 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese.

First I sauteed garlic, onion, red pepper and mushrooms in 1 t. olive oil. I then added in some peas, italian seasoning, spinach and allowed that all to cook through. Finally I added in the crab, linguine and the wedge of cheese. I cooked it all until it was melty and hot and ate it along with a garlic thin. Delicious!

DH called while I was making lunch and said he was done early. I’m hoping to go for a walk outside once he gets home. He got home from work early yesterday too since there was an injury. A guy from another construction outfit fell off the top of the 6 story building they are working on. He did survive, but it really freaked out DH AND me! I try not to worry about him at his job, but this put the twinge of fear back into me.


I did manage a 20 min. walk/jog outside and it was great, 1 more AP for me!

Supper was leftover lentil chili and toasted flatout bread.

I’m trying to become more creative with my photography! It would help if I understood all the settings on my camera! LOL

I ended the day at 29 WPA and earned 3.5 APs. I have 19 WPA left for 3 days, including eating out on Saturday! Yikes!

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