Sunday, January 31, 2010

January Weight Loss/Diet Re-Cap

Okay, just a quick blog about the diet and the diet alone.

Weight Loss: 8 pounds!

Cheats: Two, maybe three times

Workouts: A few done, but nowhere near where I should be, here's to a better February

Eating Habits: Not eating late at night, don't really miss candy, DO miss soda, caffeine, and bread like crazy, however am extremely happy with the food changes

Overall: I feel like this month was still a success. I am doing much better and I am really feeling a lot better too. I have made some pretty significant changes for a better life, but still have many more changes to make.

Dieting has always been something that I dread. I find that this go around is better, more because I am accepting it as life changes rather than viewing it as 'diet this and diet that'.

I am very excited to see how I do in February and hope that I can lose another 8 pounds or maybe even 9, hell, I would be happy with a loss of 8.1 pounds.

We shall see how it goes!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Celebration and Some Sad News


I figure I may as well start off with the fun part of my blog first, then we will move onto more of a sad subject.
Last night, we (our neighbors Stacey and Brett, and me and B) went out and celebrated. Stacey just got a new job and she was really excited about it. We all were. I am so happy for her as she has really wanted to find a new job, especially within the last couple of months. So we all abandoned our diets (we are doing P90X together, and they are better at it than we are). We went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse. It is a yummy place that serves really good food.
We then went bowling. I am the worst bowler, but I still have a lot of fun doing it. We played two games and then called it good. After that it was back to our house. At first we just watched some T.V. The party was fading fast as me and Stacey were falling asleep. However, B was able to save the party.
He turned on our Wii and started to play the game 'Just Dance'. It was hilarious. It woke both Stacey and I right up. I didn't film the solo's that B performed, but Brett did. We were all laughing so hard, I was almost bawling. So we had a great idea. Up to four people can play at a time so we did boys against girls. It was a blast!
Below here are two mini movies, you must hit pause on my playlist (sidebar) and turn up your volume, especially for the boys dancing, it is best to watch them dance and hear the music.

video video

I love how the boys shimmy. We were all in hysterics for most of the night. Below here is a victory picture of Stacey and I after we wasted the boys on the 'Pump up the Jam' dance. She is so cute. I just love that girl!
And below here is just one more action shot of how much fun the boys had. It was a really good night and a really good way to work off the dinner that we consumed that wasn't so diet friendly. It was well worth it.
And now, things get a little bit sad. My brother Delaware (real name is Dee) is a great guy. He has two gorgeous children and a wonderful wife. I don't really have any pictures of her, but below here is a photo of Dee and his oldest, Nash.
So sweet.
Dee and his wife were expecting. They were about 17 weeks in, and were so excited. At their ultrasound about two weeks ago, they found our they were having a little boy. They were going to name him Joseph William. Although Nash wanted to name him Mario.
Yesterday they went in to have another ultrasound and there was no heartbeat. They were far enough along that they had to induce labor. And today they delivered.
I feel so much sadness for them right now. What do you do in a moment like that? How do you comfort people who experience this? What do you say?
It is completely foreign to me as I have no children yet. We haven't even been pregnant. I just feel so stupid not knowing what exactly to do. I figure I could make them a blanket, and I will, but that just feels so... empty.
They have been in my thoughts all day since I heard the news. It is a certain hell that you experience when you watch/hear of someone you love going through such... well... hell.
I love my family very much. In this night I wish strength and healing to my brother and his family. They are always in my heart. I just wish that felt like enough.

Much love to all.

Just Another Recipe

My friend Stacey has set me up with a blog link to post and join with her brother. It is all about weight loss. He has some great posts already, and part of one of the posts I have copied and will put here for my blogging friends to use.

It is a recipe for a breakfast smoothie, and I warn you, this on has a higher amount of carbs than what I am currently consuming... but it will be good for the future.

Plain Yogurt Smoothie:

3/4 cup skim milk

1 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 cup non-fat plain yogurt

1 cup raspberries

1/2 of a banana

Then you just blend them all in a blender and drink.
Here are some of the nutrition facts about it.
about 450 calories
2 g total fat
48 g protein
65 g Carbohydrates

Like I say, I haven't tried it at all yet, but it doesn't sound bad. I also plan on posting something else this weekend, probably not until tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Amigurumi

My sister is great. She and I talk so much more lately and I LOVE that we do that. We have gotten so much closer now as adults. I never thought we would have been as close as we are now... never. But we are and this is great.
She has always been very crafty and pretty much perfect at it. So you can imagine just how flattered I was when she asked me to teach her to make crochet hats. That was last summer. Finally in September I made a trip up to Boise, and it was a blast. I also was able to sort of help her learn to crochet.
Now she has gotten so good at it she has branched out to other projects. Amigurumi. These are little stuffed animals that you crochet. They don't have to be animals, they can also be monsters or dolls... anything really. She brought my attention to a pattern for tiny turtles. They are so cute.
Here are mine:
Below here is an arial photo taken from the Live @ Five Sky Chopper...
(just kidding).
Below is picture of their underbellies:
And below here is a photo of my amigurumi turtles next to a pocket packet of Listerine breath strips. I did this so you could better judge the size of these lil' cuties!
I filled them with polyfil, but you can use left over yarn scraps to fill them. The pink and white one was made with a bigger sock yarn, and the other was made with a thinner sock yarn.
I still need to perfect their faces, but that will come in time. Right now I just enjoy making them!

Yesterday I finally busted out my Wii Fit Plus. It was a blast. Before I knew it I had spent 40 minutes on it and burned over 300 calories! I love it. There is a hula-hoop game that you can play that really burns the fat. I got up to 341 spins in a 6 minute time frame. I thought that was pretty good. Then I called my sister. I told her my spin count, then she told me hers... 846 (I think). Holy crap. She is gonna have to come to my house so I can learn her secrets and so we can have a hula-hoop off... Actually she just needs to come to my house, no agenda required!
I miss her a lot lately and I am so glad that we talk often. We just need to be neighbors now.

I also ended up playing the Just Dance game, which is hilarious and fun. I was dancing to 'Ring my Bell' as B walked through the door. I was doing a slap-your-butt move right as he entered. We just laughed and laughed after that. It is a very fun game... well worth the $$$!

In other things:

Work is going well. We have had more deaths, and more admits. Things have actually been pretty calm the last two days. That is good to have some down time.

I have gotten another hat order (thank you Stacey), and an order for a dog sweater. That is exciting, but also intimidating as I am not too good at dog sweaters yet. But practice makes perfect.

I also plan on making more amigurumi items as well as putting together some cute hat ideas. So that is always fun.

I hope all is well with one and all.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Thought I Lost Them For Good!!!

Today started out as any normal working Sunday would. I got up before anyone really should bed getting out of be on a Sunday. It was about 4:30 in the morning. I used the bathroom, and decided not to shower before work, so I promptly went back to bed until 5:05 in the morning. Still too early for anyone to be out of bed on a Sunday.
I went about my morning routine (except the shower... ewww, oh well, I am over it!). As I was putting on the final touches, there was one last step that could not be completed.
Putting on my wedding rings and watch.
This is my last step before going downstairs to the main level to put on my shoes and make some breakfast.
"Oh well" I thought at first, "they must be down on the kitchen table."
I quickly found out that they were not there.
Nor were they in my purse, or my nursing bag, or on the kitchen counter, or sink....
Instead of making breakfast, I was frantically looking in every place I could possibly think to look to find them. Alas, I had to accept defeat and go to work with a naked hand and wrist.
The whole drive in I was completely sick about it. I thought "maybe I left them at work and the nurse coming on shift after me stowed them away in the top med cart drawer." I decided that had to be where they were and began to breathe a sigh of relief. Upon starting my shift I found that this was not the case. I then began to think, "did I leave them here at work and were they stolen?" Which isn't too weird of a thought, especially because one of my residents is a clepto... (she stole 17 poinsettias one year that were on display throughout the building for all to enjoy... but this is a different story altogether). My heart absolutely sank at the idea of someone having stolen my stuff.
I work with some great people and couldn't come up with one co-worker who would have taken anything from me.
I then decided, the items must still be at home in areas I haven't looked at yet, or better yet, had overlooked. I called B at about 6:45 in the morning, early yes, but my worry overruled any logical thoughts. B said he would go through the couch and the captains chair THOROUGHLY! And I knew he would.
Work was super busy, far more busy than the usual Sunday. And this helped to keep my mind off of my missing items.
Around 10:00 AM, I received a text message from B that said the rings and watch were not in the couch OR the captains chair. Again, my heart sank even further than before.
I then decided, "perhaps the afternoon nurse has them with her because I left them here last night and she will bring them back with her today."
As shift change occurred, I quickly asked her if she had seen them or had them with her. No was her reply.
So I drove home and was determined to turn the house upside-down to find them. B helped me look in areas unimaginable for these items to be placed. He continually mentioned that they simply were not in the couch or the captains chair as he had searched them THOROUGHLY earlier.
After about 1 and 1/2 hours of searching, B decided to show me how he had checked the chair, and... VOILA he found them in the captains chair in one of the nooks that had been neglected.
I was elated.
My hand and wrist are no longer naked!
Though not well captured in photo, below is a picture of the cranny in which B found my rings and watch.

And this is the chair guilty of stealing my jewelry. I have forgiven it though, and in that very chair I am sitting as I write up this blog.
All is well in the world tonight. Mainly because my B is my hero.
As for now, I may begin working on another hat. Look at all this yarn... I must do something with it! And the specialized bag... yes it is filled with more yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, patterns and how-to books. I have spoiled myself with these items. It is quite an enjoyable hobby. Raw and B's Momma can vouch for me on that I believe.
I have tomorrow off from work, so I am not stressed out about getting to bed early tonight. We will see how long I can keep these tired eyes open.
I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!
Love to one and all.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Hats, Clothes, Weight Loss, and So Much More!

It dawned on me the other day that I have never posted one of my favorite hats ever. It is very basic, and it is my own little twist on a pattern that I found online. I love this hat.
Below is a photo of it, and it doesn't look like much.
However, this hat is great because it comes with a brim, a floppy one. And I LOVE it! I usually prefer to wear it with the brim on the side. One of my co-workers told me that is was very 'skater-esque' even though I am not a skater. I just pretend to long board sometimes. But here I am in my hat with a happy lil' smile.
The pattern makes up a little big, and pretty soon I will find a way to post the link on my blog, even though the link will teach you to make a hat that is not quite how I do it.
Below are two of the 'stringy hats' that I made and gave to my nieces Maddi and Ruby. These are Yogurts girls and they are absolutely adorable, and they have really no clue of who I am because we don't get to see them much at all.
I love them dearly though.
Below again are even more hats that I gave away to my sibling-in-laws families. I just love making hats and really did have a blast making all of these gifts for my family, both blood related and law related.
And more hats below. This is a pattern that I use for children. It makes up perfectly for their cute lil' noggins without any alterations to the pattern.
And more hats below. I call these my basic beanies, and really, the black one I just use the 'Cutest Ear Flap Pattern' on my side bar and don't add the ear flaps.
I kick myself now because I didn't take pictures of ALL the hats I made as gifts, and sold items, so now I don't have them to post on my dream business. I know I can make them again, but geeze louise, what was I thinking?
I made some very cute hats for Taylor and Sharee's family, and I am going to have to bug them to get me photos of their hats, as I think they are very cute. I wish I took pictures!!! Darn it!
Anyways...
B and I went to Old Navy the other night and bought some clothes. Below are some of the sleeveless numbers that B bought to wear while out biking this summer. He looks much cuter in them then they look on the hangar. Also he got some very cute pants.
Below here are the 3 pairs of capris that I scored at Old Navy. I only wish it were warm enough to wear them right now! I love them. They may not look like much, but believe me, they are super duper cute!
In other news:
I have lost another pound, yes only one pound. This makes the total 8. I am thrilled with that. I am sure that I would have a higher loss if I were a more diligent person and was doing all the workouts as often as I am supposed to be doing them. But alas, I am human and I am lazy these days. I don't mean to be, I just need to light a fire under my ass about working out. It is so funny that people always complain and dread the time just before a workout, and during the workout there are times you just wanna give up, but after the workout, you ALWAYS feel better. Why do we forget so easily these happy feelings and highs that our bodies experience after our workouts?
I mean really the way that I feel when I am done sweating it out is always REALLY good. I should crave to feel that way all the time, and I do, but I still put off working out.
I guess it is just easier to give in to my inner idiot.

Things at work are good. Our new boss seems very efficient. I had a rotten impression of her the other day, but that was also partly my fault. I came home and literally scoured the internet for a new job, which you think would come easy for a nurse. Not in Cache Valley. There is nowhere else to go.
At any rate, I now see more clearly my new bosses objectives, and she sees mine. I think after all the bumps are sorted out, Terrace Grove is going to be a very great place to work no matter what title or position you hold.

I admitted one of the cutest people I have ever met today as well. Things really are looking up for me in many aspects. However when one thing goes bad, out comes my inner idiot again and tells me to run, run, RUN! I am so glad I didn't listen this time. Having worked there for more than 6 years would be A LOT to run away from.

Well, here it is, almost 10:00 on a Friday night, and I am thinking 'oh my gosh it's late'. And it is considering the fact that I have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to go to work. So goodnight to one and all.
Love you!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Newest Hat

I made what I believe to be yet another super cute ear flap hat. I LOVE it. I made it for no one in particular and hopefully to get some guts up to start a business. I suppose I should probably get a little head to model it better.
Done!
Of course that is just me, not a real model. All real models were not available, so this will have to do.
I also don't know how I am gonna sell all of these hats that I seem to fall in love with. Perhaps we should move to a very cold climate that stays cold all year long. Then every day I could debut a new hat. That might be a little overboard though.
Below is a picture of the boys who wondered what on earth I was doing taking these photos. They were too cute and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take their photo!
And this is them again below, showing you just how cute they cuddle when they sleep on our bed... EVERY STINKING NIGHT!!!
Still cute, but man oh man, sometimes I miss the days of leg room and not worrying about who I am gonna squash when I roll over.
In other news.

Changes they are a brewin' again at my work. My current boss has decided to take a new position within the company, so we get another new boss. I met her today and she has worked with Sunshine Terrace for quite some time and I have heard many positive things about her.
Though I am nervous about this new change I am also excited to see what kinds of things are going to change with this new boss.

Work is still just crazy busy and, though I complain about being there when I am there, I am really quite grateful to have a job at all. I feel that I do a great job when I am there, and I truly love those little patients of mine.

As far as personal life is concerned, I really must admit that I don't mind the diet so much. Though, we did cheat last night and went to Wendy's and ate twisted frosty's. We both ordered Oreo flavor and they were the best tasting frosty's to have ever graced the earth... I am pretty sure anyway.

I really must say that we are doing quite well on the diet. I have to admit that my favorite part is that we eat dinner together at the table almost every single night. I love it. We used to eat on T.V. trays so we could watch, well, ya know... T.V. Now we actually sit at the table and just enjoy each other and our meal. We also have done more breakfasts at the table when we are off together. I never knew I was missing out on so much by not eating at the table with my baby.

Well, I am ending this post to put a picture of my ear hat (featured in this post) on facebook to see what kind of a response I get from my friends. Their responses just might make or break my confidence in starting up a business.

We shall see.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Get a Load of This!

Would you ever believe that egg whites, oats, cottage cheese and cinnamon would make pancakes? B and I never thought so either.
However, it turns out when all of these things are mixed together, they work...
kind of:
We were really iffy about the whole process while we were just mixing these ingredients up. After first putting them on the pan, we still weren't so sure about them working. But, after they cooked, we tried them with sugar free maple syrup. The result: NOT SO BAD! Actually they are pretty good.
As the meal wore on we were still putting our pancake mix in the pan. We seemed to get better at cooking the cakes. Our last one looks the best and resembles an actual pancake the most:
We have done a lot of things differently as far as diet and intake are concerned. Other changes we have made are home made protein bars:
We eat a lot more protein in the form of whey. It isn't that bad, but I can't say that I ever really crave whey protein. I prefer the chocolate flavor in the bars and can do either flavor in my shakes. We used vanilla in our pancakes this morning. Not bad stuff really and pretty good for you.
We also have been eating more oats and changed over to sugar free syrup. Who ever would have thought that we could change in these areas?
One of our final changes (and perhaps my favorite)... Turkey Bacon!
I think this stuff is great. Finally bacon with hardly any fat and it actually tastes like really good bacon. I haven't always been a fan of pig bacon as it is just so greasy and I end up eating only the parts that are not fat, which makes for a very skimpy piece of bacon. With turkey bacon, you can eat the whole thing and it tastes super good.
Under my 'important blog labels' you can find recipes for the pancakes, protein bars, and shakes. I think they are really good and I remember Raw commenting that she wanted the recipe for the protein bars. So there ya go!

In other things:

Work has been just the same except one of my residents passed away yesterday and she was one that nobody would have expected to go. I will miss her quite a bit. She was quite a sweet lil' lady.
Things are crazy busy at work, which is nice because it makes the days just fly when I am there, but a little break would be nice. I really don't ever get to take breaks.

B and I had this weekend off together. It has been quite nice. We took the dogs for a walk yesterday which then lead to them needing a bath. They are both so fluffy now. I also think that Gordon now thinks that Arnold is a girl as he has attempted to be inappropriate with him. Perhaps we should have left Arnold dirty for his own protection. I love those mutts.

I have one more hat to make and then Yogurt and Krauts families will be receiving their Christmas presents (finally!). I also managed to sell another hat! How about that! I really need to get the guts and the courage up to start myself up a business. I can't really pinpoint why I am so scared to do that, but I am.

I hope all is well with everyone else.

Much love to you all!

Protein Shakes

These shakes are super easy to make and pretty darn good.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Skim Milk
1 Cup Frozen Berries
1/2 or 1 Banana (sliced)
1 and 1/2 to 2 Scoops Protein powder
1/2 Cup Ice Cubes (optional)

Blend altogether and enjoy!

We have a mini blender that allows us to make one serving at a time. Ours is an off name brand but the popular brand is the Magic Bullet. I usually don't put in the ice cubes as the berries are usually frozen and work in place of the ice cubes. Plus I have also crammed so much crap in the little cup that ice cubes just won't fit.

I also will take my cup off the the blender and shake it once, and blend again.

These are really good and really filling!

P90X Protein Bars

These are pretty good. If you want them to set up best add more oats!!!

Ingredients:

4 Scoops of Protein Powder
*2 cups Oats*
3 Dashes of cinnamon
3 Heaping Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup of Unsalted Peanuts
1/4 Cup Sugar Free Maple Syrup
1/2 Banana
1/2 Apple

Instructions:

Mix Banana and Apple until mashed (we use a food processor)
Stir everything together, if you have a stand mixer this is ideal, if not, you can mix with a spatula or large spoon, but it does get really thick
Lay the mix out between wax paper on a cookie sheet
Freeze for about 45 min or so
Cut into bars

We have only made this once so far and used a chocolate flavored protein powder. We doubled the recipe because what the hell are you supposed to do with a half banana and a half apple?
We also only used the advised amount of oats and as a result, the bars don't stay in bar shape when in room temperature. So on our next attempt we are adding more oats.

One other thing that we altered with this recipe is instead of using unsalted peanuts we used a chunky peanut butter. The best thing would probably be to use an all natural peanut butter and actually put in the 1/4 cup of unsalted peanuts... but using the chunky peanut butter was damn good!

*I made this recipe again and instead of 2 cups of oats we used about 3 cups of oats. As we sectioned them off into wax paper we rolled the mixture in oats as well to make for an easier way to eat.* (3/8/10)

Enjoy!

P90X Pancake Recipe

Makes approx 4 - 6 pancakes

Ingredients:

8 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup of Oats
1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 Scoop Protein Powder
Dash of Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and cook like pancakes.
We use vanilla protein powder, the only other kind that we have bought is chocolate, and I haven't tried the pancakes with that flavor yet... but watch for a blog post in case I do!

Also, our neighbors will blend the ingredients to chop the oats up better. We don't have a big blender, just one like the Magic Bullet. So we mixed our ingredients in our Kitchen Aid stand mixer. They turned out really quite good. Much better than they sound.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

OH MY GOSH!!!!

Okay, so I weighed in today and....
I have lost....
7 (that is right) SEVEN pounds.
It has only been 9 days. And I must admit, I haven't been faithful to the workouts.
B has been trying to get our basement ready for the workout room, and lets be honest... sometimes it is hard to say "okay it is time to pop the workout in so I can sweat and be sore".
Perhaps if I had been a little more diligent, the loss number would have been higher, but hey at least I am eating right.
I have compensated my lack of meeting my caloric goal by not having done the exercises, but things change this week.
Workouts are getting done, and more weight is to be lost!

In other news. I am supposed to have the day off today, BUT, of course they scheduled a mandatory work meeting on my day off. My work is notorious for doing that to me. Perhaps they are out to get me, but I have always known that! (har har).
This meeting will be good. Recently we have found that there is A LOT of things that some people have been slacking on, so this will be good to get it out in the air and speak about all of these issues.

Other than that I am still finishing off the final Christmas hats for Yogurt and Krauts families. I know it seems like it is taking forever, but it will get done.
Anyway, that is all for now. I just needed to share my news that I have actually lost weight.
Hooray for me!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Pair of Hats We Kept :)... and Other News

Things have been going pretty darn good lately. B and I have gone back to work after having some time off. I had to work the last 4 days in a row. And work is super busy these days.
I don't think I clocked out on time once. Just so much to do.

We are both slowly but surely getting used to our new eating habits. The best thing is all of the home cooked/blended meals. We used to eat out a lot, and I thought I would really miss it, but... I don't. I say blended because we have been enjoying our mini blender to make protein shakes. They can be quite tasty. I have made more than B. We really need to get the rest of the ingredients for making the protein bars. Perhaps tonight.

And now, onto hats.

Below is a picture of the hat that B wears most of the time lately. He looks very cute in it!
Below is my very own earflap hat that I keep for myself. I LOVE it.
And here is a skein of yarn that will be another future earflap hat for B. He is going to give me pointers to make this hat even more perfect than the brown hat.
And now.... a side view of B in his beautiful hat and a front view of me.
We are pretty cute hat wearing nuts!
I used the pattern you can find on my side bar (cutest earflap hat pattern) as a starting point. I have altered the pattern just a bit to make it more specific.
Overall, I love making hats. I think it is so fun. I have had a blast so far making them.

B started school again today. I was supposed to start but I found that the class that used to be offered both fall and spring semester is now only offered fall semester. Oh well. I can still get it done and graduate this year.

I don't know that I have much else to say. I really hope that everyone is doing great. We think of our family and friends daily and miss you all.
Much love.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Something NOT Related to the Diet

So if you look really close in the picture below you will see a new lil' guy.
This is Bronco, and no he is not ours. I wish he were. He belongs to a friend of my friend Stacey. He is so darn cute. We were able to watch him while Stacey and Brett were away for an evening while they were dog sitting him... if that makes any sense!
Below here is a photo that demonstrates Gordon's love for his new dog tunnel.
Gordon LOVES it. Arnold not so much. I had to push him into the tunnel and then Gordon tried to eat him at the end.
And here are the brats. I love them though.
Short but sweet and this time with pictures. I hope you enjoyed the post!

Day Three Started with a Battle

Oh my heck! I can't eat as much as the program tells me.
Today I attempted 6 egg whites scrambled together with 2 and 1/2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 cup of yogurt and one serving a protein infused malto-meal.

The eggs were good mind you, but I can't eat eggs very much... I think I choked down close to 5 of the egg whites, B ate the rest, which means I probably only ate 2 pieces of the turkey bacon.
In theory, the idea of malto-meal, sweetened with vanilla flavored protein powder and cooled with skim milk, was good. In actuality, it was awful. The powder frothed up and the taste was awful. I ate half of my serving. B ate the whole thing. He is a stubborn boy though.
The cup of yogurt was the best thing, and I had no problem with that, other than I had to pile it on top of all of the other stuff I had just forced in my belly.

Today my arms are still like butter, my abs are sore, and I have a rug burn on my left knee from my female push-ups, you know the ones I am talking about. The work out was hard yesterday. I am going to do todays workout later... but man oh man, I am a sore woman.

In other news:
We found out that one of our friends are pregnant and due in June. How exciting for them. We haven't seen them since their wedding, but we have missed them often and keep them close to our hearts.

There is not to much else left to say here. Perhaps you will see another whiney blog from me later after I have further tortured myself with another workout. This really is a good thing, I have to keep telling myself... one day at a time, one day at a time.

Much love to all.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day Two, Stick With Me Now.

We got our media working so we now are able to do the workouts. I did the 'Chest and Back' workout today. Nobody told me that I needed to get fit BEFORE doing the workouts.
My gosh. And the little trainers make it look like it's nothing. The guy that emcee's the workouts is kind of a dork, but oh well.
In looking at the schedule, I need to do that workout again in week two. It will be interesting to compare note. During the workouts they give you time to record your reps and so I did. I am kind of excited to see if I get any better, or when I get better.
The eating is interesting. I did pretty good yesterday. I plan on doing better each day. I never did make my final protein shake last night. I did stop eating after 7:30 PM though. I am not sure if that is a rule with the diet, but good on me.

I now am trying to finish off the hats that I have left to make for christmas presents. I know that they are late, but we weren't at the family Christmas party for B's family. I also just have one more to make for my friends, and then... I guess the hats that I make will go towards my business that I need to get the guts up to create. Are all people this scared before they start something like that? Or am I just a big fat wussy?
It may be both.

As I continue on my diet, I will probably be blogging daily or twice daily... who knows... all I know is that it is a useful tool. So as I have titled this blog just 'stick with me now'.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Just About Made It...

So I am almost complete with day one. I still have one more protein shake to gulp down (oh my). Yeah, I am pretty sure that we aren't supposed to eat passed 8:00 PM, so here I sit at 7:34 PM, blogging, doing anything to keep me from making my one and final shake for the night.
Still need to go get some groceries. We are going to make some protein bars, as to hopefully not have to consume so many shakes. The shakes aren't bad mind you, but they aren't the best thing in the world either.
Our media isn't working for the workouts, so that is one other thing not accomplished. I was supposed to have consumed 2400 calories, but only made it to 2230, after the protein shake that I have yet to consume. Dieting isn't for the light hearted.
My stomach is a little pissed that I am going to cram more stuff in it, but oh well. I am a little pissed at my stomach, so how do you like that?!?
I think being able to blog about my progresses or digresses will be a very vital tool in completing this diet. That and weighing in more often just to show myself that this is not all in vain.
Well, I must go, make my shake, and shake B off the couch so we can get some groceries.
Much love!

Day One

Today is day one of the P90X diet. Somewhat confusing.
We have read over plenty of the information. I have even managed to make a protein shake (23 grams of protein).
There is a lot of information to go through. We are already getting overwhelmed.
HOWEVER:
We took fat pictures last night, so looking at those quickly gets us back on track!
Also, we are lucky. After plugging in the numbers I am at level 2 of the diet and B is at level 3. These are the same as our friends. We are going to pick their brains tonight, hopefully get some grocery shopping done and get this done right.
Honestly? I am supposed to have 7 proteins today, but how many grams of protein is that? I can't find the answer. B tried to answer me based on calories, but that makes no sense to me. Well, just a quick note on how things are going.
Oh, and I found our battery charger for our camera, pretty soon there shall be photos!
Anyway, I will most likely be blogging again later as I find it is a good outlet! Be prepared to be bored, but soon to be dazzled with photos!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Today is a Very Important Day

Why is today so important? Because it is P90X eve!
Hooray for this eve! B and I are so excited to start our new diet. We both weighed today and were both even more motivated about starting the diet than we were before.

We have decided to do twice a week weigh ins and B wants to do photos. That is going to make for some ugly blog pics at first... but then hello to the hot and sexy ones!
If you are curious about this diet click here:

In other news:
We have started mass disaster clean up and have gotten A LOT done! We still have quite a bit to do, but I am so very proud of B. He likes to hang onto things, and he actually got rid of quite a bit yesterday. I know it is hard for him, but way to go B! He is great, and it is kind of sweet how he grows an attachment to things, but good that he realizes that he doesn't need to keep EVERYTHING!

I am a lot more different. I know that their are a lot of physical items that one can grow an attachment to because of memories or because it belonged to someone who is no longer here. It just makes life so much easier when you realize that you have the memories of those loved ones whether or not you have the items that they owned when they were alive. I think what made me realize this the most was after my mom died.

I love her like crazy, but she loved porcelain dolls. I think they are creepy. And though my dad offered me millions of times to take her dolls, I couldn't. At first I felt bad, but then I realized 2 years had passed and I still remembered everything about her that I would have with or without her dolls in my house.

Now her mom, my grandma... she loved bells. This might be an understatement. She had hundreds of them. She kept them in a hutch. I am pretty sure that I was offered some of those bells as well. I just didn't want them. I have my memories and that is enough... sometimes it is more than enough.

Now that I am done with that tangent. B and I plan on finishing our house clean up between today and tomorrow. I hope all is well with everyone and I promise there will be more pictures in my future blogs.

I have been on a bit of a typing-rant-post-type lately!
Love to you all.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Brand New Year

So here we are to 2010. A new beginning perhaps.
I have not yet written my resolutions, so I guess I will post them in this blog:

1) Become more patient.

All too often I find myself getting antsy. I get an idea stuck in my head and want it done right then and there. Also, my lack of patience does not allow me to move at another persons speed; it makes me less able to adapt.

2) Obviously, lose weight.

Every year this is a goal, and every year I lose some, but also put it back on. This year I want to make it stick. I need to take care of my body better. So does B. Hopefully we do much better this year. Good luck to us!

3) Finish my bachelors degree.

I have worked on this degree for far too long. I can't believe I have not graduated yet. One more class, and one internship. Really? What have I been waiting for? Well, life happens, things get pushed back, and this year we get back on track.

4) Get accepted into a RN program... hopefully finish (most likely get halfway done).

It is time to put the LPN aside and move on to bigger and better places.

5) Learn to knit.

New talent that would allow me more variety.

6) Get my small business license and start to sell the things that I can make.

This one is perhaps the scariest of all of them. My lack of confidence may not allow this to work.

7) Get more confidence.

All too often I just assume that others don't like me. Why do I do this? Why do I go right to assuming the worst, when it is just as easy to assume the best?

8) Give others more credit.

This kind of ties in with # 7. It is so easy to short change others and not trust that they will do a good job. I have had some issues with co-workers where I short change them. This attitude must stop.

9) Read more books.
Pretty self explanatory.

10) Speak my mind, BUT think before I speak.

These are my resolutions.
Let's hope that I can do them.
Much love and a Happy New Year to you all.