Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Weigh-in Wednesday

Not good news today. I gained slightly. Apparently, my body freaked out over losing so much last week and pulled the brakes. Plus, Aunt Flo showed up to ruin the party so there's that.

My eating has been on track, although I did cheat a little. Monday, I was craving bread like nobody's business. You may have seen the picture of the blueberry scone that I tortured myself with. I ended up having a couple Grand's biscuits for dinner that night and they were sooooo worth it. I also had some oatmeal for breakfast yesterday because I didn't plan and have breakfast packed. Weird to say that oatmeal is cheating, but it is a grain. I found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it this morning. I'm a little leery about the raw eggs, but otherwise it was pretty good.

 I kind of quit on Jillian a couple weeks ago when I started my diet and lost all energy, but I decided to do her workout Monday night. I also though it would be a good idea to jump to level 3. That was freaking tough. I almost felt like 3 was easier than 2, but those jump squats killed me. My legs are still burning. Of course, that also may be due to the fact that I was on the treadmill for nearly an hour last night. I walked and ran my way through 3.1 miles. I didn't think I was going to finish after the first half mile as I just felt exhausted, but I pushed through and finished. Very proud of myself.

My other NSV (I finally know what this means now) this week was being able to pull a size 10 skirt out of the back of my closet and zip it up comfortably. This has been one of my favorite skirts for years and I am so happy that it fits again! I also can now wear a pair of Gap khakis that I haven't worn in about 6 years. They shrunk right after I bought them so I only wore them a couple times originally anyway. I really need to go shopping because none of my dress pants fit me anymore!
I know how you love my work bathroom pics. I need to get a full length mirror at home.

Happy Halloween to everyone! Be safe if you are taking your little ones out trick or treating. Call me selfish, but I'm turning off the lights and staying inside. Emmeline isn't old enough to know better and I don't need candy in the house or Jason and I will eat it. Mmm, Milky Way Midnight...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I Wore What?!


So I'm finally getting my pictures posted for the link-up with Aly and you are in for a treat.

So, I'm throwing my sister, Rachel, under the bus with these pictures but we are just so fabulous, I don't think she'll mind too much. The first one is from our trip to New Orleans circa 1984. Loving my sweet white shorts pulled all the way up and my cute mullet parted down the middle. The next one is when I was about 13. Totally rocking the sideways hat and white Keds.

My senior picture
Let's just pause for a moment and admire the awesomeness that is my hair. I really wanted to go for the cute Josie Bissett look from Melrose Place, but my naturally wavy hair did not cooperate. And check out my sweet Sally Jessy Raphael glasses. What possessed me to go from contacts to these babies, I will never know.

Are those denim color block shorts, you may be asking yourself. Why yes, yes they are. Oddly enough, I couldn't ever find a shirt that I really liked to go with them. Fortunately, this button down white hoodie does the trick.

Baby doll dress, oversize sweater and Doc Martens. Need I say more?

Hope you enjoyed my little stroll down memory lane and maybe felt that your style choices weren't as bad as you thought, comparatively speaking.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Musings

I was going to participate in Aly's link-up today, but I managed to leave all my pictures at home. Mornings are not my best time and Monday mornings are especially bad. Never fear, I have quite the amazing outfits to share with you tomorrow.

Instead, today you will get a recap of my weekend. Friday, I actually stayed home from work because Emmeline was throwing up. Lovely. And she'd had spaghetti the night before. You're welcome. We lazed around pretty much the entire day while she watched Dora the Explorer until I wanted to rip my ears off.

After she went down for a nap, I got my ass on the treadmill and made my own PR. I ran for two miles straight without stopping. I have never done that before and I was so proud of myself. Sure, it was at a 1.0 incline and it was a 12 minute mile, but I did it and no one can take that away from me.

I had all the girls this weekend so I picked them up Friday night. However, we didn't really do anything exciting because I am beyond broke until payday. I thought I was going to try and have all the girls eat Paleo all weekend, but that didn't happen. It is just too hard to fix enough food for seven people and not have some sort of side dish that involves grains or potatoes. I did roast a whole chicken Saturday night and that is definitely going to be a regular meal in rotation.

Saturday, I wanted to do a trial run of my 5K that is coming up in less than a week! It is being held at a local "Nature Sanctuary" that has several walking trails. Boy, did I pick a doozy for a first 5K. It is hilly and hard. Of course, I managed to take the trail that went straight up an extremely steep hill so needless to say, I walked it. I'm not sure how the whole course is going to actually be laid out, but I'm glad I went. I ran/walked for about 2.5 miles in 45 minutes. However, I do feel more prepared now. I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I did snap this one of a nice waterfall.

That's about it for my weekend. I'm off to eat an apple, although what I really want is a blueberry scone with lots of butter. (sigh)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by three very lovely ladies: MichelleAlicia and Steph

Here are the Rules:
- Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
- They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them.
- They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
- They must then choose 11 bloggers to tag with less than 200 followers.
- These lucky bloggers must be told.
- There are NO TAG BACKS.

11 things about myself:

  1. I was born in Hannibal, MO. - birthplace of Mark Twain
  2. I have an irrational fear of driving off a bridge into a body of water.
  3. My favorite movie ever is Clue. If you haven't seen it, go rent it now.
  4. I feel naked if I'm not wearing earrings.
  5. I rarely have my nails painted. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my nails.
  6. I have only ever dyed my hair red. Never wanted to be a blonde or brunette. My natural color is strawberry-blonde.
  7. I am the worst procrastinator in the world.
  8. I have had numerous speeding tickets.
  9. I love turtlenecks. I would have one in every color if I could afford it.
  10. I usually do things on a whim. I am not a planner.
  11. I have a weird obsession with astrology. I don't plan my life around it (see above, I don't plan) but I think it is fascinating and usually accurate.
Questions/Answers to "Besaw for who you are":

  1. Who means the most to you? My boyfriend, Jason and my daughters
  2. What is your number 1 goal right now? To succeed in my weight loss goal
  3. What is your occupation? Benefits Administrator for a 401(k) recordkeeping company
  4. Hobbies? Not really, I'm lame. I enjoy reading a lot and if I ever get out of the house I like to go bowling and swimming
  5. Pets? I do have one cat named Callie who acts like she owns the place and one cat on loan named Baxter who is so scared, he hides in the basement all the time.
  6. What is a current struggle? My new eating plan. Cutting out all grains, sugar and dairy is very difficult but proving to be so worth it.
  7. What do you love about yourself? My boobs. :) J/K, although I do have great boobs. I think I have a great sense of humor and love to laugh at myself.
  8. What is something you want to work on about yourself? Keeping in touch with people more. I am the worst about losing touch with friends and family members because I can't/won't pick up the phone.
  9. Who is someone you miss? My mother Why? I lost her to breast cancer 4 years ago.
  10. What is something you can't live without? I'm drawing a blank on this one. I don't think there is one material item that I couldn't live without.
  11. What are your talents? I am a great cook. I love all kinds of puzzles and am really good with numbers.
Questions/Answers to "A Skinny Journey

  1. What made you start your blog?  Not sure, it had just been something I'd thought of for a while and I wanted another way to connect with all the great blogs I was reading.
  2. Where is somewhere you would like to go but haven't had the opportunity? I would love to do a European tour. 
  3. Do you have a pet? If so what kind and what is his/her name? Yes, see question 5 above.
  4. If you won the lottery what the first thing you would do? Pay off all my debt, set up college funds for all my girls and buy a new house.
  5. What is your occupation? See question 3 above
  6. What is your favorite halloween candy? Milky Way Midnights, so good
  7. Have you every broken a bone? Nope
  8. Do you like to run? I'm struggling with it. I haven't gotten to the point where I love doing it, but I feel better once I've done it.
  9. Growing up, what is your favorite tv show? Too many to count - Loved Fraggle Rock, She-Ra, The Smurfs, Cosby Show, Family Ties
  10. What was the best present you have ever received? My orange Kitchen-Aid mixer I got for my birthday last year. Love that thing.
  11. What makes you happy after a bad day? Snuggling with Jason on the couch or tucking into a nice bottle of wine.

Question/Answers to "True Southern Lies"

  1. What's the favorite part of your day?
  2. If you were an animal, what would you be? This is a tough one, but I think a lioness.
  3. Why that animal? I like the idea of being a cat, but a big one that can walk the plains like a badass and take you down if need be.
  4. Favorite thing on TV? Grimm, Modern Family
  5. What is your best childhood memory? A family trip to Pensacola, FL
  6. What did you want to be when you grew up? An actress
  7. What's your dream vacation? Right now, I would love to go somewhere tropical maybe on a Caribbean cruise
  8. What's your favorite season? Summer, bring on the heat
  9. What's your all time favorite movie quote? "You keep using the word. I do not think it means what you think it means" The Princess Bride
  10. Who are 3 people you would love to have dinner with? Can be living or dead. Agatha Christie, JK Rowling and Kate Winslet
  11. What's the best memory you haven't made yet? Hitting my goal weight or getting married to Jason
Okay, here's where I'm going to break the rules a bit and not nominate anyone. I was very flattered to be nominated (yay, recognition), but this almost feels like the blogger version of the chain letter. Plus, I'm having a hard time finding anyone who hasn't already received a nomination. So, I'm breaking the chain. If bad luck rains on me, well I'm used to it.

If you have a minute, please head on over to Where We Can Live Like Jack and Sally and enter her Shabby Apple giveaway! I really want to win, though. I am in desperate need of new clothes. Anyone want to take me shopping?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Progress Pics

Since I hit my 20 lb weight loss mark this past week, it is time to show you my lovely progress pictures.

179 lbs

169 lbs

157ish lbs (it was at night so I'm sure I weighed more than in the morning)
The last pictures I took last night and I swear I look like I have a food baby. Next stop 30 lbs gone! I cannot believe how fat I used to be. You don't realize it until you look back at the pictures.
I had another person at work ask me if I'd lost weight today. What a great feeling that is to have people actually recognize the hard work you've been putting in. Plus, all the great comments and likes that I got from posting this picture on Facebook and Instagram was amazing.

I mentioned yesterday that I would talk a little bit about the effects I have been experiencing since going on my crazy new eating plan. Cutting out all grains, dairy and sugar is a drastic change, but overall I am extremely pleased with how it is affecting me. Some of the weirder side effects have been:
  1. Crazy vivid dreams - I don't know what is going on but both Jason and I have had these very weird, very vivid dreams. Apparently, this is pretty common when switching to the Paleo Diet as I have found people discussing it here and here. Mine are actually starting to taper off now.
  2. You won't need to take any books in the bathroom with you for a few days - While your body regulates to the new way of eating, you not poop for a few days. For me, it was four. The books actually recommend taking a fiber supplement at first. Guess I missed that advice. I'm all good now, just in case you were wondering.
  3. You may look like a teenager again - Awesome as this one sounds, it's not. My face has started breaking out, mainly on my nose. Really annoying because I have pretty clear skin generally.
  4. Very low energy - This was a big one. I pretty much laid around all last weekend because I just didn't have the energy to get up and do anything. I even skipped out on doing Jillian for a week. Did Level 2 last night and it still kicked my ass. Monday morning I went to do my run and I was going to try and run for 2 miles and couldn't do it. I just felt like I had nothing left after 1 mile. Ugh.
Have I cheated on this yet? Not really. I have had some seasonings with salt in them (which is a no-no) and I have to have honey in my tea. Honey is acceptable in moderation as it wasn't easy to obtain in caveman days. Who wants to fight off an angry horde of bees? I've also had wine, which again is acceptable in moderation. I want this thing to work so I'm going whole hog here. If I cheat, I'm only cheating myself.

Is Emmeline on the diet? Not at this point. She is going through a picky toddler eating phase and she will turn her nose up at some of the things we eat. Not to mention the fact that she wants to eat the second we get home and dinner usually isn't ready for another hour. Girl has no patience. She also intends to eat all of the fruit in the house, based on her current preferences.
When the older girls are staying with me, I do intend to cook for them as I cook for myself so they will be on it (for the weekend anyway) as well. Elsa may have issues with this as that girl will go eat plain bread slices like no one else.

If you have questions feel free to ask, I'm all about inappropriate sharing.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weigh-in Wednesday and Paleo Update

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Are you ready for it? This is what I saw on the scale this morning:

In case you don't remember, my weight last Wednesday was 165. That means a nearly 9 lb weight loss in a week! It also means that I have passed my 20 lb weight loss mark for a total lost of 23 lbs! Can you tell I'm excited? This just makes it all worth it. I even had someone at work this morning ask me if I'd lost weight. (Queue big cheesy grin) Why yes, yes I have thank you for asking. Much better than having someone ask me when I was due when I wasn't pregnant. (That really happened a few years ago).

It is crazy to me that I have lost this much weight in a week and I owe it all to what I've been eating or not been eating, shall we say. Let's just recap my week. Thursday night I went grocery shopping (yes, after I drove back and forth from Topeka). I didn't have a list or planned out meals, just an idea in my head of what I wanted to buy. I wish I was a planner, it would make my life so much easier, but I'm not and I never will be. I bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I even got a squash, which Jason wasn't too sure about. I also bought ground turkey, chicken breasts, extra lean ground beef and frozen tilapia filets. Oh, and some frozen shrimp. All in all, I spent $200 and I did not get one boxed item at all. The lady that checked me out even commented on it.

Now here's where meal planning would have come in handy. We weren't really sure what to make for meals. I have been perusing the books that we got as well as the internet. Fortunately, there are a ton of recipes on the web (of course). Just to give you an idea though, here are a few meals that we've had so far. Please enjoy my fabulous photography skills.
Spinach salad with grilled salmon
Pork chops with Squash
Chicken and vegetable soup
Meatloaf and mashed cauliflower

A word on the mashed cauliflower. I wanted to like it. I wanted it to be a great substitute for mashed potatoes. It wasn't. It still tasted like cauliflower and had the consistency of Malt-o-Meal. I was deceived by this picture on Pinterest and the Biggest Loser recipe. All lies.
Eating like this has been a challenge, but I think it will only get easier. I need to get some Almond flour and coconut milk so I can make more bread-like recipes. I think that will help. I do miss cheese, though. Jason is having a really hard time of it. He's already wanting to cheat and have pizza, even though he is losing weight as well. However, he has just quit a serious soda habit and he has much bigger issues with food addiction than I do. Maybe I can convince him to write a guest post after he stops being so crabby.

Since this has gotten rather long, I'll post tomorrow on some of the effects (other than weight loss) that I've experienced since starting this eating plan.

Happy Hump Day and what are you proud of today?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday morning recap

It's Monday again, whoop whoop. Time to go through my super exciting activities over the past few days. Let's see, Thursday night I drove to Topeka for parent/teacher conferences for Paige and Elsa. I missed Cordie's because it was earlier in the day. However, the ex filled me in and it was pretty much what I expected. Cordie needs to apply herself more and pay attention to what she's doing. She has never been a strong student and probably never will be but she could do well if she tried. This being her first year of middle school, it is only going to get harder.

Elsa's meeting went well. Her teacher is very exuberant which is good for third grade, I suppose. She said Elsa is doing very well and she is super sweet and always respectful. I also really liked Paige's teacher. Now, I mentioned before that Paige was being tested for the gifted program and they recently finished the testing so we went over the results. She did extremely well in language arts, but only average to high in math and science. Her overall ranking was a 90 and she needed to score a 97 to be placed in the program. Rankings were against her age group across the country. Her teacher was really disappointed that she didn't make it but he explained that it is really the areas that the tests don't take into account where Paige excels like Music and Art. He said that her artistic ability as well as her writing skills were some of the highest he's seen in a long time. He encouraged us to explore activities in the surrounding community that would help enhance and nurture her abilities. Needless to say, I got a little teary-eyed. It is so nice to hear someone else brag on your child.
Love this girl
Saturday morning, Jason got a call from his dad asking if is was okay for him to come up to visit. Apparently there was some miscommunication with the times, however because I was expecting him around noon and he showed up around 3. So, the couple of things I wanted to do did not get done. Oh well, it did give us an excuse to clean up the kitchen and dining room which was sorely needed.
Helping Daddy vacuum
His sister ended up coming up too and they brought a ton of new clothes for Emmeline. Nana and Aunt Carla like to go garage saleing and Emmeline reaps the benefits. They also brought up an old recliner that used to be Jason's Pawpaw's. He passed away last year and Nana wanted someone else to have it. Works out for us because it is a great leather recliner that is still in good shape.
Snuggling with Grandpa, eating a lemon wedge
Sunday was a pretty lazy day. Worked out on the Wii Fit for a little while and it was nice to see that I have lost weight since I last used it two months ago. I then ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill which was my own little personal victory. I need to start focusing less on time, however and more on distance. I tend to play little mind games with myself when I'm watching the clock. 5K is in less than two weeks! Time to step up my game.

She was treating the Wii Fit board as a pillow while watching Dora

How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This and That

First of all, I'd like to welcome all my new followers. So happy to have you here! I finally feel almost legit. Just finished level 2 of the 30 Day Shred and I have to say it is actually getting easier. I might actually be ready to move on to level 3 next week. After that, I'm on the hunt for my next torture workout video.
I'm never looking in the right spot

Poor Miss Em is not feeling her best. She has a cold and as soon as she laid down for bed, she started hacking up a lung. She's in bed doing her best old man impression now. Strangest thing, ever since she was born, she has coughed like an emphysemic old man. We have the humidifier running and I put Vick's on her chest. I hope she gets some sleep. Not gonna lie, that is partly selfish because I hate getting up in the middle of the night with the kids. I like my sleep too much.

I am getting excited about our new eating plan. I plan on going grocery shopping tomorrow and hit up Hy-Vee's sales. We have also talked about trying to go to our local farmer's market on Saturday to pick up some fruits and veggies. In case you missed it, Jason and I are going to try out the Paleo Diet. I found this fabulous and well written article about the Paleo way of eating and I discovered a great new website in the process. Win-Win!

Jason was craving something sweet after dinner and we didn't have any fruit, however, we did have a chocolate pound cake mix. Guess we have to get rid of it somehow, so he mixed it up. I refrained from having a piece (go me), but Emmeline got to lick the spatula.

Before I end my ramblings, I just want to take a minute to say that I really do have the best boyfriend ever. He is so supportive of my weight loss journey and he is constantly telling me how proud he is of me. He also loves to tell me that I'm smoking hot. (squee) I don't always feel that way, but it is so nice to hear and to have all the encouragement. Now, he has decided that he wants to get healthy and lose weight. I'd like to think that I motivated him in some small way, but everyone has to make that decision for themselves. Anyway, he is the love of my life and I couldn't ask for a better man to be with.

So, what are you most proud of ? Anyone starting any new projects?

Weigh-in Wednesday... of a sort

So, today marks the first official day of the MLFitCamp weight loss challenge. If you want to know what I'm referring to, read this. There are 100 teams of five women each competing to win some really cool prizes. Check them out! I am really excited for this challenge as I have been stuck in a plateau for about two months now. I was moving along pretty good, but after about 15 lbs lost, my body put the brakes on. Like, "Whoa there, the 160's are a nice comfy spot. Let's just hang out here forever". No, no, no, no, no. Not cool.

I think that part of the problem has been my eating. I haven't been gorging myself or going out to eat every night, but I stopped counting calories and tend to eat more leftovers for lunch instead of packing something different. All that is about to change, however. Jason and I are embarking on a new eating program, the Paleo Diet. Here is the book that we just finished skimming reading. (I skimmed, he read it cover to cover). If you are not familiar with it, it is basically eating as the cavemen and women did. Lots and lots of lean meats and lots of fruits and vegetables. No processed foods, no dairy and no complex carbs. I think this is going to be tough, but I am looking forward to it. The theory behind the program makes a lot of sense and of course I will be sharing my results with you.

As a kickoff to our new eating program, we had one last hurrah and went to Olive Garden for dinner Monday night. I had the Shrimp and Chicken Carbonara and it was amazing. However, I had a bagel for breakfast yesterday morning, leftover carbonara for lunch and then we made pizza for dinner. Carb overload. I had one piece of pizza last night after I did my Jillian 30DS and it sat like a stone in my stomach. Going without carbs may be easier than it sounds. We are going grocery shopping tonight and I can't help thinking about something I heard before. "Stay on the outside lanes of the grocery store. That is where you will find all the fresh produce and meat. All the middle aisles are filled with unhealthy processed foods".

Carb loading does not do a body good. 165 pounds is where I am as of this morning. I think that's right, anyway. My scale is a lying whore and gave me three different numbers within the space of a minute. Also, you will get no picture of that number because I am scale photo challenged and cannot get a good picture for anything. I don't know how other ladies get such great pics of their scales. I think it is because my bathroom is too dark and my shadow is over the display and my toes look like giant thumbs. It's weird.

Good luck to my fellow FitCampers, but my team totally has this in the bag!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Let's Talk Tattoos


Today I am linking up with the lovely Melanie to discuss tattoos. Whatcha got, when ya got them, that sort of thing. As usual, I'm going to be wordy so brace yourself.

When I was younger and through my 20's I never thought I wanted a tattoo. I just couldn't think of anything that I wanted permanently on my body. My sister Rachel (always the rebel) had already gotten 2 by the time she was 21. I did manage to get my belly button pierced and I thought I was hot shit, but then I got pregnant with Hannah 6 months later and ended up having to take it out.

As I got older, I have been drawn more and more to tattoos. I am fascinated by people that have them and what they choose to put on their body. I finally decided that I wanted to get one, but then came the tough decision - what to choose. I ended up doing a lot of research (time spent on the Pinterest tattoo board) to see what I was most drawn to. I had a lot of ideas, and still do, but couldn't really land on a final piece. It doesn't help that I am the worst decision maker ever. Don't even ask me where you want to go out to eat.

During my search, I noticed that I was really drawn to tattoos of trees, so naturally I decided to go with a tree design. I also knew that I wanted it to be on my right hip. I printed out my favorite images and contacted a local tattoo artist and set up my appointment. The whole process took about 2-3 hours and I was really pleased with the result. He even added 5 flowers in for my 5 girls. He said that the tree has their initials hidden in it, but I haven't found them yet. It was done by Jason Saint at Mercy Seat Tattoo in Kansas City.

Please ignore my old lady hand

Needless to say, I'm already planning my next one. I would really like to get a rose even though that is cliche. Rose is my middle name and it is tradition in my family to give the first born daughter the middle name Rose. I also want to get a memorial tattoo for my mom, but can't figure out exactly what I want it to be. Maybe next year...

I also wanted to give you a peek at Jason's tattoos. I gotta tell you, there is almost nothing sexier than a man with tattoos. Except for those occasional douchey ones. You've all met someone like that. Anyway, he already had two on his back when I met him and has since gotten two more. His plan is to be completely tatted up by the time he's an old man. Working in corporate America tends to limit your tattoo locations, though because bigotry and prejudice still abound.

He has always been a huge fan of Gil Elvgren pinups and decided to get one of them on his calf. He got this done at a tattoo convention in KC when I was pregnant with Emmeline.
He just completed his half-sleeve this summer and it is bad ass. It took three sessions and a total of about 9 hours, but it was worth it. It and the pinup were both done by the talented Lars Van Zandt at Iron Tiger Tattoo in Columbia, MO.

So that's it. I'm sure you'll be hearing about it when I get my next one, provided I can decide what I want. Looking forward to reading about everyone else's.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Mumblings and a Goal

Morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was so-so. I had planned to drive down to Topeka to watch Paige's last soccer match of the season, but we had rain all weekend so her game was cancelled. I ended up just meeting the ex at our usual midway spot Saturday morning. We stopped and got some Redbox movies on our way back home. Sometimes I feel like the girls expect me to have grand plans the weekends they're here, but that just isn't feasible. Oh well. We mainly just hung out at home and watched movies. They did drag out my big box of pictures, though and I think they had fun going through those. I need to get a scanner so I can share some of my older pictures.

Emmeline always has a ball when her big sisters are here. She just loves them to death. It helps that there is enough of an age difference so the older girls think she is adorable and not just an annoying baby sister.
How cute are they?

I actually ran every day this weekend. Saturday was supposed to be a Relax day according to my C25K calendar, but I was feeling pretty good so I went ahead and hopped on the treadmill. I ran the full 16 minutes, did the 5 minute walk and busted out another 2 minutes at a faster speed. Yesterday was a different story, however. I planned to do 17 minutes of straight running, but I was exhausted by the time I got to 10. Stopped and walked for 5 and then started running again. I could only run for another 5 minutes before stopping. I think my body was trying to tell me something because I was exhausted for the rest of the day. Skipped my Jillian workout in favor of some wine and it was definitely the right decision.

Now, on to something more positive and slightly scary... I have officially signed up for my first 5K! It is November 3 so I still have three weeks to train, but I am a little freaked out about it. I am going to try to run the whole thing, but I decided that if I have to walk for a bit, it is okay. Wish me luck!


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Tattoo Link-up with Melanie and if you missed my first vlog post, you can check it out here.

How was your weekend? Anything exciting planned in the upcoming month?

Friday, October 12, 2012

My First Vlog

I don't know where this week has gone. I swear yesterday was Tuesday. Not that I've done anything special this week, the days have just run together. However, I did tackle the mountain of clean clothes that has been moved around between our bed, the couch and different laundry baskets for weeks. I don't mind washing loads of laundry, it is the folding and putting away that I have issues with. I got my flu shot on Tuesday and then my arm was really sore for two days. That may have had something to do with my overall blah attitude this week

No big super exciting plans for the weekend. I have the girls so I need to figure out something fun to do. Paige's last soccer game is Saturday so I'll be driving to Topeka to watch her and pick up the troops. Jason's dad may be coming up to visit, but he's really kind of flighty when it comes to plans so we'll see if he actually makes the drive up from Joplin.

Now earlier in the week, I promised a vlog since I'm a loser I missed out on the vlog link-up last week. I recorded it today just in the nick of time! It took me forever to figure out how to get it off my phone, but here it is for your viewing pleasure. Don't laugh at my topic choice too much. I wasn't sure what to talk about.

Hope you enjoyed watching me in action. Maybe I'll do more of these now that I have it figured it out. Sort of.

Random observation: I may or may not have worn house slippers to work today.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I have been craving pancakes like crazy the past couple of weeks so I finally decided to make some on Saturday morning since I actually had a little down time. I found this recipe on Spark Recipes and altered it a little bit to my own tastes. In case you're curious (and why wouldn't you be?) here is my recipe:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

I mixed everything together because I don't believe in mixing the wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls. It is just an extra dish for me to wash and I hate washing dishes. I ended up adding an extra tablespoon of skim milk to thin the batter a little and it was perfect. These pancakes were fantastic, if I do say so myself and they were only about 56 calories each!. Emmeline even wolfed down four of them and maybe so did I. The recipe made 12 average size pancakes and will definitely be making these again. I loved the addition of the pumpkin pie spice, it gave them a great flavor. I was going to take pictures, but in all honesty, they were eaten too fast so this is all I got.

Any new recipes that you have tried?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Late to the Party

I had a very long and stressful week at work last week which culminated in me coming into the office on Sunday and working for an additional 7 hours. Blech. As a result, I missed the vlog linkup with Holly and Emily. I know, sad face. To make up for that, I will be posting a vlog of my own sometime this week so y'all can see and hear what I really talk like. Try not to let the anticipation get to you, I'm sure it will be rough.

In other news, I am signing up for my very first 5K! It is set for November 3 and it is a local race, nothing too fancy for my first time. I even got my sister, Rachel, to sign up with me. She just recently started back on the C25K program (she had done it before) so she is a total rockstar. I'll make sure and get lots of pics.

Oh, and I have to say Congrats to Mel for running her first half! Woot woot!

My own C25K is going very well. I'm on week 7 running for 15 minutes straight. For me, that equates to about 1.3 miles. Slowly but surely I am getting there. I don't know if I'll ever become an official "runner", though. By that I mean someone who goes out and runs for fun. I still really struggle with running and although my endurance is getting so much better, I just don't like doing it. BUT, I am doing it and that's the important thing. Maybe I'll have some amazing epiphany and it will become the best thing ever or maybe I'll just keep sucking it up so my waistline will continue to get smaller. Either way the treadmill and I are becoming best frenemies.

Getting my sweat on

Little stinker
Miss Em has decided that she doesn't want to sleep at night. She has been such a good sleeper since we converted her crib into a toddler bed, but that has come to a screeching halt this past week. Last night, she kept fussing and crying for mommy and just wanted me in her room. Well, Mommy's not sleeping on the floor so I brought her in bed with us and she just kept tossing and turning and kicking so back to her own bed she went. She was quiet for a bit and then started up again. I finally gave up and I took her into the spare bedroom that the other girls sleep in and finally went to sleep. Needless to say, neither one of us was in a good mood this morning. Ugh, I do not do well on very little sleep.
Hope everyone is having a better week than me and to leave you on a happy note, here's a fun pic of me and Jason cheesing it up.
We're such a fun couple

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Pinterest is one of my favorite sites and I could easily waste my whole day on there. I would, too, if they hadn't blocked it at work. Damn corporate restrictions. Tragedy would really strike if they ever blocked Blogger. I don't know what I would do. I'm getting off-topic, where was I? Oh yes, Pinterest. If you haven't already, you should totally follow me. I have great taste.

Anyway, I wanted to actually try out some of the cool stuff that I pinned and so I am here to share my pin-trials with you. Be excited. The first one that I ever tried was the Make Your Own Laundry Soap.
I have to say, this one is fabulous. We have actually made this twice now in the past year and I will never go back to buying laundry detergent again. It smells fantastic and really gets our clothes clean. And if you saw how dirty Emmeline gets after a day of rolling around in the dirt (I'm not even slightly exaggerating), you would be impressed. 
First you get together your ingredients:
1 4lb 12oz box Borax
1 4lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 3lb 7 oz Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 containers OxyClean (or generic substitute)
3 Bars Fels Naptha or you can use another brand of bar soap
Same Source
You will need to grate the bars of soap using a cheese grater and then dump everything into a large bucket with a lid and mix it all up with your hands. I got a cheap 5 gallon bucket at Wal-Mart when I bought all the ingredients. I keep the majority of the soap in the bucket and I have reused the OxyClean containers to keep a smaller portion for daily use. I use one scoop, sometimes two of the detergent and that is plenty. 
My big bucket - I can't even tell you how good this smells
One scoop will do ya. The yellow stuff that looks like cheese is the grated soap.

Another pin that intrigued me was this little gem:
I thought surely Kool-Aid powder could not make your lips look that good. I have tried this on two separate occasions and got similar results the same time. I got and orangey-red color since the only flavor I had was Cherry. She gives you a list of flavors and corresponding colors on her website.

Now, I did not pour it into a separate container to start with. I left it in the little pouch. It is actually still in my bathroom because I don't want to throw it away and waste it. I neglected to moisten my lips before I started as well. That was a mistake. This is unsweetened powder and once you lick your lips after the powder is on there, prepare to pucker because that stuff is tart. It actually hurt my tongue a little bit. I ended up using the Q-tip for the full application instead of my finger and it was easier to get full coverage on my bottom lip than the top. After I had rubbed in all the powder I could stand, I got the Q-tip wet and then rubbed it over my lips. That seemed to help. Oh, and you'll have to make sure and wipe it off of your teeth when you're done, too.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with the look. The first night I wore it out I actually got compliments on my "lipstick". Of course, I had to tell my friends what it was and they were all impressed. The second time I did it was for work and it pretty much lasted all day long. Here are a few pics for color reference.
Beware the black demon eyes

This was about halfway through the day at work

Anyone else try out something fabulous from Pinterest?