I am officially addicted to running. I love it. & I love participating in 5ks. As soon as we finished the Turkey Trot, I immediately started planning my next run. The Jingle Bell Run!! So on Dec 21, 2011, I did my second 5K!! It was at night and it was cold. However, the atmosphere was great. I am definitely going to have to learn how to be a better cold weather runner.
Me, Mom and my friend Traci (before)
Don't we look HOT in our festive socks?! (before)
Me, Mom and Traci (after)
Our route and my time.
I completed 3.15 miles in 36:29 minutes. Mile one completed in 11:24 mins, mile 2 in 11:56 mins, Mile 3 in 11:29 mins. Averaging 11:35 minutes per mile.
It felt great to complete my second 5K in 2011. I hope to continue to do them in 2012!!
One of my many goals for this year was to RUN in a 5K. My Mom and I decided that the Turkey Trot would be the best race to participate in due to my schedule. We did pretty well for our first 5K, running an average 13.09 minute mile. I'm very proud of us, considering a year ago mom and I were both overweight and couldn't run AT ALL! We had alot of fun. I am definately going to participate in many more 5K/8Ks. Here are some pictures I took prior to starting:
freezing our tails off before the race
mom was so cold she decided to snag a turkey costume and join the rest of the crazies!!
There were 661 people dressed like a turkey (including my mom) participating in the Guines World Record for most people dressed up like turkeys at one time.
It was a great way to start our Thanksgiving. I think this might be a new tradition!!
We did really well this week with sticking to the plan. I did rearrange some meals but we didn't sway from it, much. (Tuesday we ate something, but I can't remember what. Thursday we ate out instead for grilled cheese) Here is the plan for this week (click the link for the recipe):
Today, I am thankful for my beautiful daughters. They bring so much joy to my life everyday. I love them both to pieces. Those little boogers make me soooo happy. I thank God for them everyday, but today I am especially thankful.
Today, I am thankful for my husband. God truly blessed me when he brought Nick into my life. He is my best friend, a wonderful husband and great father to our children. I love and appreciate him more than words can say. So, today I am thankful for him.
I sorta took this past week off from doing ANYTHING! I meant to blog but just couldn't get to the computer for the sake of me. We ate out alot this week and had sandwiches, there really wasn't a planned menu. BUT this week there will be and here it is:
Monday: Chicken Spaghetti (whole wheat pasta, veggie pasta sauce and chicken)
Tuesday: Pork chops & mashed potatoes
Wednesday: Eat Out or breakfast for dinner
Thursday: Grilled Cheese Sammies
Friday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Saturday: Steak & Veggies
Sunday: Salad (Nothing special, No cooking done on Sundays by me)
It's nothing extravagant but it works. I will update on Sunday on how well we stuck to the plan and post the menu for next week.
Wow, I can't believe how fast time has gone by. It feels like just yesterday you were swaddled tightly in my arms and I was singing sweet songs to you. This year has been a busy year for you ( & me). You have grown and changed by leaps and bounds. You started kindergarten and love it. You are so smart and curious. There is no doubt in my mind that you will excel in all that you put your mind to. You are sassy and stubborn. You have a fire in your eye that makes me smile. You love to sing and dance to pretty much anything. You are such a beautiful little girl. Your heart and soul are full of love for all things. Your daddy is still one of your favorite people (second to me of course :). You and Ava love to attack him as soon as he walks in, you've done that since you were little. Ava loves you more than you will ever know. Thank you for being her best friend and best di-da. You are so special to me Zoe Maryn. Because of you I am me, I am your mommy. You have filled my world with so much joy. I love you to the moon and back, with both hands and feet. Happy 6th birthday Zoe!
My meal plan for this week is SUPER easy and kid friendly. Since I don't have to cook 'adult' meals because Nick isn't going to be eating with us (Mon-Thurs), I am taking a break and keeping meals simple and EASY!!
Monday - Breakfast for dinner (I usually make eggs with cheese and ham)
Tuesday - Nuggets and green beans
Wednesday - Chili Mac (really, It's just Mac with ground turkey)
Thursday - Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos (I'm making this recipe, putting it in corn tortilla, topping with shredded lettuce and cheese. Very yummy!)
Meal planning is something that I try really hard to stay on top of, however it is really easy for me to just drive thru somewhere. SOOO, I have decided that I need to add meal planning to my weekly schedule of things to do and what better day to plan than on Sundays? I know, genuis right?! And yes, I know it's Saturday but since I mentioned meal planning in my T.I.T. post earlier this week I figured I would post the plan for this week.
Monday - Turkey Burgers w/ waffle fries (nothing fancy on mondays cause this momma is TIRED!!)
Thursday - Dirty rice with turkey sausage & ground beef (I cheated on making my dirty rice, it's from a box. I made the rice and cooked the meats then combined. The kids and Nick loved this one too)
Friday - Taco Lasagna (I'm not sure if the kids liked this one & It was a little more time consuming to make. It may not make the cut for the recipe rotation. I will see what the left overs are like to determine if it will be made again)
Saturday - Steak and Veggies (Another easy night, as momma has to work and I need quick and easy)
Sunday - FEND FOR YOURSELF DAY (Momma gets off easy on Sundays. I have to be @ work by 5:45p and we usually eat at 6:30. So, I usually gets something for myself and the family fends for themselves. Hence: fend for yourself day)
I have the menu plan for next week done, but will have to revamp it and will be posting it on Sunday. Nick will not be available for dinner M-Th, so I will be making easy, kid friendly favs. Keep an eye out for it Sunday!!
If you have any recipes or ideas you think I should try out please feel free to comment me!! I love new recipes.
I haven’t done a T.I.T. post in a while, I have still been tackling my stuff but just not posting about it, I think today is a good day to pick back up with posting. I’ve actually got A LOT to tackle today, so let’s get started, shall we?
1. Meal plan for the week (lunchs and dinners)
2. Grocery shop
3. Make lunches for Zoe and Nick for the week.
4. Laundry (Wash, fold & put away)
5. Clean the kitchen
6. Plan and Write a few blogs.
8. Sweep and Mop the floors
I don’t have any pictures, sorry. So I’ll leave you with this adoreable face.
isn't she too cute when she's grumpy?
Check back tomorrow to see how I did on my list of T.I.T. items!
Zoe is always BORED. How that is possible I'm not sure but I'm tired of hearing "Mom, I'm bored!" So I decided to google "activites to CURE my childs boredom" or something along those words and came across this idea from this blog. (one of my new favorites, btw!) When I saw this idea I knew I had to do it. I made an activities can and a bank. I had all the materials on hand and during naptime today, it was done!
1. Materials - Cookie tin (activities can) & peanut butter jar (bank)
yellow paper (the tin is already cover with the paper in the pic)
(you have to click on the images and print them, I resized mine in Word to make sure they fit my can and jar)
2. All of the boredom busting activities cut up and folded in the tin
3. The finished product (I don't like the lace-y ribbon, it will be replaced)
4. The 'I'm bored bank and activity can" together side-by-side as one. :::insert romantic sigh:::
So here's how it works:
Zoe says "Mom, I'm bored", I tell her "I'm sorry your bored would you like to pick from the can?" If she says "Yes!" she will deposit 5 cents in the bank. & pick an activity from the can. She must do the activity she picks regardless of what it is, no trading for something better different. If she chooses not to do the activity she remains bored and she out 5 cents. She can do up to 5 boredom busters a day. The boredom busters are not all fun & games, there are some learning/homework type activites & some chores too. It's all luck of the draw.
Why do I charge my child 5 cents to pick from the can? Why not. She's six five, for 18 more days atleast, she needs to learn about money and how to entertain herself. If she sees that it will cost her 5 cents everytime she's bored she will learn (hopefully) to find something to do on her own and not be "bored" all the time. I'm Cruel, huh? Nah, if you heard "I'm bored" as much as I do you would do the same. (Besides, she will probably get the 5 cents from me anyways) When the can is empty, it will be restocked with NEW boredom busters. The "I'm Bored" bank will not be touched until it is full. The money will be counted, replaced with cash and put in her savings/piggy bank. I'm thinking of making a set for the car, cause she's always bored in the car.
"i love you through and through... i love your top side. i love your bottom side. i love your inside and outside. i love your happy side, your sad side, your silly side, your mad side.
i love your fingers and toes, your ears and nose. i love your hair and eyes, your giggles and cries.
i love you running and walking, silent and talking, i love you through and through... yesterday, today and tomorrow too."
Today is a special day for me and you. Two years ago today, you took your first breath and my world became yours to conquer. You became mine and I became yours.
Today, you are two. Today, you will blow out your candle and enjoy your birthday cake. You will laugh & play. You will open your presents and say "wow!" because you love them. You will kiss your di-da and your daddy because you love them too. You will throw a fit because something wasn't just right (and that's what two year olds do) then you will come to me for a hug and all will be right in your world & mine. You will crawl into my lap and be still for a moment. You will discover something new and smile. Today, you will be you. You are two.
Today, I will sit back & watch. I will stare at you in pure amazment and joy. I will breathe in your sweet breath and be your mommy. I will think back on the past two years of wonderful memories and I will cry, laugh, sigh and smile.
But no matter how many years go by, you are still mine and I am yours. I love you, Ava.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."
Oh the Places you'll go~ Dr. Seuss
You have been my sunshine since the day you were born. You are an inquisitive, beautiful, bright & funny little girl. I am so proud of you and know that you will do great, now off to kindergarten you go.
Today is your day.
Zoe on 8/22/2011
Be kind to your classmates and seek out those who are kind to you. Help others when you can and ask for help when you need it. Don’t give up if there is something you can’t do right away. Keep trying! Respect your teachers and your classmates. Follow the rules and always use your manners. Pay attention. Embrace your new friends and this new adventure. You will do great!
I know you worry about Mommy, Daddy and Ava, please don't. We will miss you terribly but we will be ok. You won't miss anything at home while you are gone, infact your day will be filled with amazingly, wonderful new things. When you get home, be sure to tell us all about your day and we will tell you all about ours. I may cry a little but I'm not sad. I am so happy for you and extremly proud.
I hope you love school and know that I love you more than you will ever know. Embrace today, it is your day!
What happened to Tackle It Tuesday? Well, I'm still doing it but this week I am tackling my to do list all week. Why? Well, because there are alot of things on my to do list that need to be checked off before Zoe starts school on the 22nd. (Yes, I know they don't have to be done before then, but I want them to be done, so I don't have to worry as much the week of school starting.)
Here's a glimpse at my to do list:
(Notice the scroll bar, yea, there is alot more on the list.)
Clean the bedrooms & bathrooms
Laundry (not on the list, but needs to be done)
Organize the closets & change the light bulbs
Clean kitchen & fridge
Clean the office & Sweep the floors
Buy Zoe's school shoes & a bday present & a shower gift
Finish sewing my pillows
Saturday & Sunday:
Get Zoe ready for kindergarten :)
So that is my list of things to do, on top of all of my normal mommy duties and such. I will let you know how my weeks goes on Saturday. I hope you all have a great week!!
So today is Tackle it Tuesday and I'm pooped!! My list always seems to be soo long and I always have to trim it down, but for some reason I pick the hardest things to do and am EXTREMELY tired by the end of the day. Plus I have to do most of my TIT chores during naptime or while the girls are making a mess in their room. But I did get it done. Here's my list of TIT todos: (No pics this time around)
1. Laundry. (W.F.P A) DONE
2. Cook and prep HCG meals for the week for Nick and I. DONE
3. Clean the Master and guest bathrooms DONE
4. Clean the girls bedroom (a tornado hit it!!) DONE
5. Sweep the floors Not Done :(
I was able to get everything done except the floors. I was hoping to do it after everyone went to bed and the dog was asleep but Zoe is sitting here looking at me and Beezus is jumping all over the place. Yea, so maybe tomorrow?
I meant to post about my, My Happy House Challenge yesterday, but since I didn't sleep AT ALL after work and had to finish my final, I put it off until today. I know ya'll are DYING to know how I did. Well here you go:
1. Make Your Bed! 7 out of 7 days!!
2. Empty the Sink! 7 out of 7 days!!
3. Clear the Clutter! 5 out of 7 days!!
4. Sweep the Kitchen Floor! (In progress)
I hope I am able to get the floors swept. I am not a big fan of sweeping. Have a great rest of the week!!
Guess what today is?? That's right, it's Tackle it Tuesday. I have a hefty little todo list for this fine Tuesday. Check it out:
1. Laundry - Wash.Fold.Put Away (pic below)
I do laundry once a week which is why it appears that we have tons. I didn't take an after pictures because there really wasn't anything to take pictures of. Empty baskets maybe? No. (and my batteries died in me camera)
2. Pay Bills (Sorry no pics)
Since it was the beginning of the month I had to pay bills or get them set up to be paid. This process is more time comsuming than anything, but I have to do it. I organize all the bills by date, update our monthy calendar then pay them all online. I also shred the last months bills when I'm done. (see pic below)
3. Shred paper
I was originally just going to shred my bills but I decided to take this one a step further and clean out our filing cabinet and shred all the OLD documents we've been hoarding away for 8 years. What you don't keep all of your old insurance EOBs for 8 years? Just me? Oh. I also reorganized the cabinet to be more me friendly. (see why the day ended up being to busy & me so tired?)
4. Clean living room
This is our living room on a daily basis. I don't always clean it but today I have to. I was going CRAZY!! I decided to label everything that doesn't belong in the lving room. Needless to say after I cleaned this room spotless it was cluttered with stuff withing 30 minutes. I should have taken a picture so I could remember what it looked like :(
5. Make meals for tomorrow
Since Nick and I are on the HCG diet together, We I have to make sure to cook almost all of our meals everyday. Today I cooked 3 servings of buffalo chicken, 2 servings of asparagus, 1 serving of green beans and 1 serving of shrimp. It's not alot but I was still work. & I do it EVERYDAY!!
6. Do final for class
I didn't get this done. I have until the 9th. Maybe I will start tomorrow. :)
That was my Tackle it Tuesday. I think 5/6 isn't bad. Have a good night!
I have decided to participate in the My Happy House: 10 week Happy House Challenge. What does that mean you ask? Well, for 10 weeks I will complete one task everyday for a week. Here is the list of the tasks I will do weekly and how I have done so far.
1. Make Your Bed! (7 out of 7 day complete)
2. Empty the Sink! (7 out of 7 day complete)
3. Clear the Clutter! (in process)
4. Sweep the Kitchen Floor!
5. Sort the Mail!
6. Spray Your Shower!
7. Write It Down!
8. Organize Your Outerwear!
9. Clean the Counters!
10. Relax & Enjoy Your Clean House!
Hopefully, I can follow through with the challenge and not get lazy mid way through. Are you up for the challenge?
Let me first say that, this is MY OPINION, I have in no way, shape or form been paid for my opinion or this post. I am not a doctor nor do I have any type of medical degree. Please consult with your doctor prior to starting this diet. And if you don't care to know the dirty details of my weight loss journey then please save yourself and stop reading. With that being said, here we go:
I have been struggling with my weight for a long time. When I got married I weight 145, I was working out, lean & fit and LOVED how I looked naked. (Apparently so did my husband because 3 months later we got pregnant.) When I found out I was preggo, I was 162 @ 5'8". (Yes, I said it and I will continue to admit my weight from this long journey through out this post) I was at a normal BMI and I was comfortable in my skin and clothes. I gained 50lbs when I was preggo with her. Do the math people, 162 + 50 = 212 which is BIG OLE WHALE on the scale. After having Zoe, I lost 25 pounds. 212 - 25 = 187 still considered to be overweight. I worked out and dieted, but the weight wouldn't come off. Then to make matters worse in the weight department, I got preggo again. (five years later) I gained 48 more pounds with Ava. 187 + 48 = 235 which again BIG OLE MOMMA WHALE!! I lost down to 194.5 after Ava. Being a mommy of two makes it hard to get to the gym and working out at home is even harder.
When my mom start talking about this 'miracle' diet, I was a skeptic but really intrigued at the idea of losing weight fast. So I watched my mom lose 34 pounds in roughly 40 days and decided to just do it. What did I have to lose right? I weighed 194.5 and was EXTREMLY unhappy.
What did I take?
I took/take Smart HCG. It is made at a local lab and it works. The first round of Smart HCG was only HCG and Water, however this second round has extra ingredients. (L-carnintine, Arginine, and a few others) It still works the same but now it just has some amino acids and energy boosters. The most important ingredient is the HCG though. If it doesn't have HCG, it's not the right stuff. GNC sells something that says it's HCG but it doesn't have HCG in it. You want to make sure to read the label. You can by it online or in certain vitamin/herb stores. (My mom is selling it also, I can get you the deets if you are interested)
What worked for me?
I did alot of research before and during the diet to make sure I was completely informed. I strongly encourage you to do the same. I used Sparkpeople to track all of my food the first cycle but this time I'm using MyFitnessPal. (It has more food options and I like it better) This cycle Nick is doing the diet with me. (It was so hard the first time to cook different meals for me and my family) I tried to cook as many meals ahead of time to save time. I made a pitcher of green tea to drink daily and if I got hungry I would drink a glass of tea. I also took B12 drops and a multivitamin daily. I was VERY strict on the diet, I didn't cheat or sway from the diet in any way. I used tabasco, garlic and Pace picante to add extra flavor to meals I felt were a little boring.
What can you eat on the diet?
From www.nutritiondata.com – USDA nutrition data base ~ all foods measured & weighed RAW
FRUIT: one fruit per meal; do not mix
Apple: medium = 95
Grapefruit: ½ = 44
Orange: large = 86
Strawberries: 10 medium: = 40
It was hard. But you get used to it and it gets easier. The first week I was EXHAUSTED!! Then afterwards it was easier. You have to retrain your body to eat NORMAL portions. The food can get boring but you can find recipes online or above to help along the way. The weight will come off, sometimes it doesn't come off as fast as you want it to. Sometimes you gain .2 of a pound and that's disappointing but normal.
Starting weight on 2/1/11: 194.5lbs
Ending weight on 3/9/11: 168lbs
Total weight lost: 27.5lbs
Starting weight on 4/25/11: 168lbs
Day 2 of VLCD weight on 4/28/11: 166lbs
Goal weight 145!!
I am using this diet as a starting point to get the weight off then I plan on getting in the gym again to keep it off. This post is sort of all over the place but I tried to cover everything. Email me with any questions you have. Stefaniewade1023@yahoo.com
Now that I have that song stuck in your head. Here are a few of my favorite things for this year so far:
Hello, Kahlua K-cups!! This is the best coffee on the planet. I like to drink it at night after the girls go to bed, even though there really isn't any alcohol, it makes the long day better & I feel like I'm sneaking an adult beverage without actually sneaking an adult beverage.
Speaking of coffee, isn't my new coffee mug adoreable?! Our coffee mug set is black & white and I love them. But when I saw this at target I had to have it. It is big enough to hold the larger cup setting on the Keurig. I love it! It is soo me.
I love my new washer and dryer. They aren't actually new, I've had them since November, but everytime I do a load I'm all like "Yay, ME!!" I don't have the bottom comparments but hope to get them in the future. They are quiet and they work WONDERFULLY! Is it sad that I'm in love with my appliances?
I love these Jeans! I haven't bought a good pair of jeans in a very long time and with my weight loss I needed some new jeans in a bad way. I found these at JCP and love them. They are designed for women with curves. They are lower in the front and higher in the back to prevent the gap in the back. And as the ad says... well you see what the ad says. Below are the pair I got.
I have a few more favorite things but I think I'm going to do one a month, maybe that will remind me to sit done to blog. Or maybe not. Who knows?!
I know that was corny. But that is how I feel about the past 4 months!! I'm sorry for the lack of update on my part. This whole stay at home mom & working mom & college student thing is hard. It seems that every time I sit down to blog/eat/pee/breathe I have someone wanting something from me.
Today, however I am finally able to sit at the laptop with a five year old cuddled on my arm watching Tron & the one year old is napping.
Soo, no more excuses... How about the good stuff, UPDATES::
The Five year old:
Zoe is doing good. She is enjoying her time at home with her momma and sister, but misses her friends & school terribly. We enrolled the girls in a drop in daycare for Saturday and Mondays, so she is making new friends and enjoys the social interaction. She is SUPER excited about starting kindergarten in August. She asks me questions about it all the time! We have had some struggles, her and I, but we are working through them. She really enjoys doing all things crafty. She is so smart and inquisitive. She currently loves Justin Bieber and iCarly. I gave her my old iPod Shuffle filled with Justin Bieber songs and she loves to sing & dance around the house listening to her songs. She is really big on playing 'Mom & daughter' right now with her dolls. It's kind of crazy&scary&cool seeing the 'Mom & daughter' roles from her perspective.
The One year old:
Wow, Ava has changed soo much since the last time I blogged. She is talking alot!! She has 12 teeth and is cutting more. She is so laid back. Ava thoroughly enjoys playing outside and loves to 'weee' down the slide. When ever she does something I ask her to she says "ta-da!" She knows multiple signs to communicate with us what she wants. (eat, drink, milk, more, juice and all done) We are working on potty training, so far we have had one successful pee-pee in the potty. Her hair is growing but still all crazy! Her new favorite word is "NO!" Mommy doesn't like that very much. Ava has discovered how to climb on EVERYTHING, but her favorite is her sisters bed. She is very smart and very much like her big sister. I am so excited to see this little girl grow up.
Nick just recently got back from Milwaukee for school. He had to celebrate his 33rd birthday out of town. :( We didn't like him being gone, but he enjoyed himself. Nick recently switched jobs, he now works in Bedford. This is a great move for him and is getting better every day. The owner sought him out and thinks very highly of him. I call him the "Prized Chicken" because they love him so. He also is enjoying spending the weekends with the girls while I'm at work. He is still working at the tattoo shop and staying busy. When he's not busy he is drawing/painting/whatever else artist do.
Now for Me:
Hmmm.. Where to start.. I am still working nights at BUMC on Fri-Sun nights. I stay home with the girls Mon-Fri. It's tough but it works. I started back to school this spring, I am taking one class just to get acclimated, then hope to take more in the fall. I am really enjoying life right now, watching my babies grow and experience new things is amazing! We don't really have a routine just yet, but we are working on it. We have been trying to go to storytime and church during the week. I have officially lost all of my baby weight!!! I'm soo excited to be skinny again. It feels great to fit in single digit Levis. I haven't been this size since before I had Zoe. How did I do it, you ask? I did the HCG diet and it works. I plan on doing it again in a few weeks. I would like to get down to my wedding weight.
(I had to wear a different shirt because the shirt in the first picture is TOO big!!)
Beezus is Beezus! She's a mess. The girls love her and she loves them. She will be one year old in May.
Well, that about wraps up my update. I have a few more posts coming in the very near future but for now this is what Ive got.
I hope everyone is doing well and is enjoying their year as much as I am.
No, I didn't forget about the blog. I'm just super busy right now. Being a working stay at home mom is hard, but I am enjoying EVERY minute of it! I have tons of blog post IDEAS, so I'm hoping to sit down soon and hash them all out. Stay Tuned!