My life as a woman, wife and mother.

It’s Tuesday!

Great title huh? It’s not easy to come up with such greatness!

So, I slept great, got up and ran on the treadmill for a bit. Stretched and foam rolled my massively huge hamstrings, er, my sore hamstrings!

I also dusted the entire living room, picked up, dusted the shelf in the kitchen and put away all the Christmas decor from that shelf. I still need to vacuum and mop some floors. The entry way is atrocious from the girls and hubby slopping in snow the past few weeks. Yeah, it’s been more than a FEW weeks since I’ve mopped, I usually figure what’s the point, but today I feel like doing it.

I’m also going to take advantage of todays beautiful weather and clean out the inside of the van. Hubby rinsed off the outside last night before supper and I am so happy, it was filthy.

Other things to do today…

  • clean van
  • mop
  • vacuum
  • sew quilt
  • if I get the quilt DONE, wash fabric for L’s quilt
  • stop at Kwik Trip for milk, eggs, etc.

Yesterday I took my MIL to the Dr. and for some shopping. She did awesome! I’m very impressed with how well she’s recovering and how determined she is to get better.

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Holy Hamstrings!

Wow, my hamstrings are tight. I was foam rolling a lot this morning. Two hours of Zumba combined with a new strength training routine have taken their toll.

Things for me are still going well. I’m feeling in the groove and it was nice to have the distraction of a Zumbathon yesterday afternoon. Soon I leave to get my MIL and take her to a Dr. appointment. After that it’s several small errands. I hope she has enough stamina to last for all the stops!

Have a great Monday!

Here’s some pics of my girls crocheting projects, the hat I made.



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Update on my goals…and recipes


  • S – Strength – I did 30 minutes walking on treadmill, I have 2 hours of Zumba this afternoon
  • M – Zumba – Will be a home workout, taking MIL to Dr.
  • T – Home workout
  • W – Home workout


  • No popcorn this week. – none!
  • Mix up breakfast instead of always having oatmeal. – had oats today, but chocolate PB ones
  • No cereal, raisins, graham crackers, pretzels. – none!
  • Increase protein. – good!
  • More vegetables, less fruit. – still need to work on!


  • No scale for the week. – it’s in my closet still!
  • Track all my food. – yup!
  • Work on getting in the Good Health Guidelines every day, especially dairy and oil. – missed oil
  • Continue on my crochet projects. – working on a hat for C.

So, I got up this morning and my legs are sore, no surprise there. I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then foam rolled and stretched for a bit. I’m going to a Zumbathon for 2 hours this afternoon, so that will be sufficient in the exercise realm! LOL

This morning I’ve already…

  • exercised
  • bathed
  • eaten breakfast
  • chopped cauliflower
  • prepped chicken breasts, cooked some up for salads
  • prepped and froze bacon
  • made jello, 3 kinds
  • washed dishes

I’m going to work more on my crocheting today and save the quilt until tomorrow.


Oh yeah! Recipes!

German Potato Salad Recipe

German Potato Salad Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home German Potato Salad Recipe Rating 5
   Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 5 bacon strips (I used 4)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups sliced cooked peeled potatoes (about 28 oz.)


  • In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp; remove and set aside. Drain all but 2-3 tablespoons of drippings; cook onion until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Add water and vinegar; cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in sugar until dissolved. Crumble bacon; gently stir in bacon and potatoes. Heat through, stirring lightly to coat potatoes. Serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 serving (1 cup) equals 119 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 399 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


Hearty Salisbury Steaks Recipe

Hearty Salisbury Steaks Recipe
Photo by: Taste of Home Hearty Salisbury Steaks Recipe Rating 4Rate recipe

 Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

  • Yield: 5 Servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, onion, saltines and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into five patties.
  • In a large skillet, cook patties in oil over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove patties and keep warm; drain drippings.
  • In a small bowl combine the soup mix, flour and water; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Return patties to skillet. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 patty with 1/4 cup gravy equals 233 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 418 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.


Okay, the German Potato Salad was yummy! Only C didn’t like it because of the sweet & sour thing. My sauce could have been a tad thicker, but I wasn’t totally focused on the roux at the time.

The Salbury Steaks were a hit! C loved them and hubby thought they were pretty good too. They weren’t too hard to make and I ended up with 6 patties.

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It’s late!

Today was great! Yesterday was great too! I’m doing well with my food challenges this week. No popcorn or carby junk! Woot! Woot! The only thing really lacking today was my healthy oil. I’m hoping the grease in my supper payed off tonight! LOL

We had two new recipes tonight for dinner. I’m too lazy to post them now, but I’ll attempt to tomorrow. They were Salsbury Steak and Hot German Potato Salad!

Let’s recap today. I got up at the butt crack of dawn to start Stage 3 Workout A this morning, tough! Then I had Zumba for an hour. I rushed home to clean up and pack ‘my’ snacks for the canned good movie. It was Dolphin Tale, great movie! I teared up a few times and had to wipe my eyes once. It was nice to see a movie without any curse words or lewd scenes.

Then we came home for lunch, took our friend home and L and I went my MIL’s house to take care of her for a bit. We were there for about 2 hours. We made tuna noodle casserole, jello with bananas, lentil & wild rice soup in the crockpot and hardboiled some eggs. I’m taking MIL to the Dr. on Monday morning and then to Kmart so she can walk around a bit. All in all, she’s doing well considering all that she has been through.

Tomorrow I’m going to a Zumbathon from 2-4pm! I’m excited to go to a new venue for one and for the added exercise since I don’t be going to Zumba on Monday now.

Good night!

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Some food pics…

This was my breakfast today. Egg whites, hashbrowns o’brien, veggies & ham.

This was lunch. Salmon pattie, veggies, tofu noodles. English muffin with laughing cow cheese and tomato! Yummy!



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How did I do?


  • F – Day of rest – so far
  • S – Zumba
  • S – Strength
  • M – Zumba
  • T – Home workout
  • W – Home workout


  • No popcorn this week. – None!
  • Mix up breakfast instead of always having oatmeal. – Had eggs!
  • No cereal, raisins, graham crackers, pretzels. – None!
  • Increase protein. – Done!
  • More vegetables, less fruit. – I did better!


  • No scale for the week. – None!
  • Track all my food. – Done!
  • Work on getting in the Good Health Guidelines every day, especially dairy and oil. – Got ’em all!
  • Continue on my crochet projects. – Finished my first hat!

So, moving on to today. It’s a day of rest for me, nothing irritates me more than when hubby has to comment on the fact that I didn’t exercise. I guess he’s so used to me going downstairs that he’s shocked when I don’t!

Instead of oatmeal this morning I had eggs again. A bit different than yesterday, but eggs. I may have oats tomorrow as a change-up, but then back to eggs on Sunday.

On tap for today is Walmart and the library. I’m hoping to find some movies today, but it seems that we’ve seen a lot of the movies at the library. There is a movie in the theatre that I want to go see, One For The Money. It’s based on Janet Evanovich’s books. That being said, I just finished her new book last night. They are light, easy reads and always entertaining!

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Keepin’ busy and more food pics…

I’ve gotten 2 loads of laundry done and put away, except for the girls’ clothes, that’s their deal! I had to wash the sheet I’m going to use for the back of C’s quilt. I bought a twin size green flat sheet for $5, I think.  A lot cheaper than buying yardage!

So, what else have I been doing. Well, let’s start with eating! LOL For my morning snack I had cottage cheese, cantaloupe and crushed pineapple. Yummy!

My lunch was my version of a Hungry Girl recipe for Chicken Florentine Pasta. Here’s mine…

I sauted 1/4 c. onions and 1/4 c. mushrooms in 1 t. olive oil. I added in one garlic clove, crushed. Then I tossed in 2 oz. of cooked chicken. When they were done cooking I removed them from the pan. I added in 1/2 package of shirataki noodles, 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese, 1 T. mayo, 1 T. parmesan cheese. I stirred it around until everything was melty, then I added in the frozen chopped spinach. Finally I added in the veggie/chicken mix and heated it all through. I ate mine with two toasted hot dog buns with garlic salt on them! Yummy! I’m so very full from that, of course I did have two huge glasses of pink lemonade too!

Okay, that takes care of some food. Now on to crocheting. The following pictures are my first hat EVER made and it’s not entirely done. You’ll notice you can see the top of my head, I have to google how to make a nice pom-pom for the top, without having to buy the special ‘tool’ they recommend.

It was nice and cozy to wear!



Plan for the week…

Well, last night I caved to my carby-love. Ugghhh…anyhoo, I decided on a plan for this coming week.


  • T – Strength
  • F – Day of rest
  • S – Zumba
  • S – Strength
  • M – Zumba
  • T – Home workout
  • W – Home workout


  • No popcorn this week.
  • Mix up breakfast instead of always having oatmeal.
  • No cereal, raisins, graham crackers, pretzels.
  • Increase protein.
  • More vegetables, less fruit.


  • No scale for the week.
  • Track all my food.
  • Work on getting in the Good Health Guidelines every day, especially dairy and oil.
  • Continue on my crochet projects.

Okay, I think that sums up all the things I was thinking about for the coming week. I’m hoping by doing all of this I’ll be able to get a nice loss next week at weigh-in. 🙂


On to what I had for breakfast today that wasn’t oatmeal.

It was 1/2 c. egg whites plus 1 egg white (1 pt+). I sauteed spinach, mushrooms, peppers and onions in 1 t. olive oil (1 pt+). I then added in a chopped up sun-dried tomato chicken sausage (3 pt+). Once that was cooked I removed them from the pan and poured in the egg mix. I topped one side with a slice of mozzarella cheese (1 pt+) and the veggies. Flipped the side over and cooked it through. Delicious!


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Weigh in results….

I stayed EXACTLY the same 154.2#… plan for this coming week is to work on my carb intake and my snacking. By doing that I’ll almost be guaranteed a loss next week, which is what I’m aiming for! 😛

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Happy Hump Day!

Sorry for the disappearance yesterday. I was in training most of the day and then just didn’t feel like hanging out on the computer. So, let’s recap…

Tuesday morning I got in a decent workout, as I did this morning. Nothing new there. I’ve been eating okay, I’ve noticed a few to many snacky carbs sneaking their way back into my life this week. My goal for next week is to curb those a bit again. The scale is holding steady from last week. So I’m sure I’ll either be the same or a tad over last week’s weight today at Weight Watchers. No worries. The great news I have not be binge eating AT ALL! Not easy for me, but I’m taking it one day/meal at a time.

So yesterday I headed to Baraboo for my new job training. I’m going to be a Caregiver for senior citizens in the area. Initially three people were going to train, one girl canceled that morning and the guy came in while I was in the bathroom to say he got offered a full time position. He also didn’t want to burn any bridges in case that job did not work out. That all being said, it was just myself and the nurse from 9am-2pm. There was a TON of information to go over, some a tad overwhelming, but in reality I may not deal with a lot of the things that are covered. Each person and situation is unique and the training was to cover all the bases. My trainer was AWESOME. She’s my age, we shared a lot of the same interests, she’s a cardiac rehab RN and she was wonderful to spend some much time with. They provided lunch which was awfully unhealthy, so I had the smalled portion known to woman and moved on with life. I did have snacks along and thank goodness. When I got downstairs into the training room they had CHERRY DANISH! Now I love the smell of that stuff, sugary sweet! I knew I wasn’t going to eat any though, so instead I ate my apple while I watched one of the videos.

Once training was all finished I headed to Aldi’s for some cheap shopping. I think I got cantaloupe for 89 cents! I cut them up this morning and there wasn’t anything wrong with them. Score!

Then it was back to Portage to drop off movies, pick up library books and then milk. I got home about 1/2 an hour before the girls. Almost enough time to decompress from my day and switch into mom mode.

So now I just wait to hear from my job as to what my assignment will be. It’s weird to be employed, but not report to an office for 8 hours a day! I’ll take it!

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