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Merry Christmas from My Family!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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DEDICATED2HIM 12/25/2013 4:55AM

    What a creative and great photo!!
You should use that on your Christmas card for next year.

Have a nice day today Erin. I hope you have a peaceful day but it seems like that is a rarity with you. You are "Go, go, GO !" Well whether busy or quiet I hope it is enjoyable and I know that the real meaning of Christmas is not lost on you.
Blessings to you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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NYKIMMIE 12/24/2013 5:16PM

    Awesome!! Merry CHristmas to your family ,love the photo

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ROCKPORT9 12/24/2013 4:28PM

    Adorable picture! Merry Christmas! Laurel

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CAT609 12/24/2013 10:48AM

    Merry Christmas!

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Tonight We Decorated our Christmas Tree

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Every year we get a picture of me putting the topper on. Here is last year's and this year's. I thought it was worth sharing! emoticon

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CLUTTERBUSTER 12/1/2013 1:23PM


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_LINDA 11/23/2013 7:25PM

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You look fabulous!!! Congratulations on a job well done!!

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/22/2013 12:23PM

    you are a shadow of your former self!!
You look great~
Merry and later.

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YENDUCHAKA 11/22/2013 8:55AM

    What a great way to see your progress! You look fabulous!!!

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AIDEN487 11/21/2013 10:28PM

  it just seems too early

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MSGO72 11/21/2013 10:26PM

  You look awesome!

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My Old Belt-- 46 pounds down

Monday, November 18, 2013

I'm 3/4 of the way to my goal, so today I had my husband take this picture. That was the belt I wore all the time before I started losing weight.

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BKWERM 11/29/2013 8:53PM

    Congratulations! You're doing great!

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IAFARMERWIFE 11/19/2013 8:00PM

    emoticon You are looking pretty hot!

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EVRLNGFOO 11/19/2013 12:29PM

    wow! what a great victory! you look amazing!

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_LINDA 11/19/2013 11:10AM

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Looking fantabulous!!! very well done!!

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ROCKPORT9 11/19/2013 10:49AM

    emoticon emoticon You look so happy. Congratulations!

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YMWONG22 11/19/2013 4:15AM

  A picture is worth a thousand words.
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MLYN92 11/19/2013 12:09AM

    Wow awesome! Congratulations!

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Getting to Know You Questions, part 2

Sunday, November 17, 2013

41. Ever wished you were someone else? Yeah, but not very often anymore. I'm very aware that my life is good and I am blessed. :)

42. One thing you wish you could change about yourself? I wish I could get rid of my rheumatoid arthritis.

43. Favourite makeup brand? I don't know. I'm not really a makeup person. I usually just buy what's on sale. :)

44. Favourite store? does the thrift store count?

45. Favourite colour? pink!

46. Favourite food? ice cream, but I love pretty much all food. Food is good.

47. Last thing you ate? ice cream! hee hee

48. First thing you ate this morning? green smoothie

49. Ever won a competition? For what? Yes, I won a speech competition in fourth grade by saying an awesome poem by Shel Silverstein.

50. Been suspended/expelled? For what? no

51. Been arrested? For what? no

52. Ever been in love? yes, with my husband, for the last nearly 15 years old.

53. Tell us the story of your first kiss? Yuck. no thanks.

54. Are you hungry right now? no, actually I'm really full.

55. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

56. Are you watching tv right now? yes!

57. Craving something? What? usually I am, but right now not really. Possibly because I just enjoyed pizza night, followed by ice cream. Yay for cheat day!

58. What colour are your towels? mostly green and blue

59. How many pillows do you sleep with? one, unless my husband is gone for some reason. Then I appropriate his.

60. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? no.

61. Favourite animal? elephants!

62. Chocolate or Vanilla? can I have both?

63. Favourite ice cream flavour? can I have them all?

64. What colour shirt are you wearing? blue

65. What colour pants? blue with penguins on them. They're pajama pants. I love pajama pants.

66. Favourite tv show? depends on my mood. Lots of nerdy stuff.

67. Favourite movie? depends on my mood. Lots of nerdy stuff.

68. First person you talked to today? my husband

69. Last person you talked to today? also my husband

70. Name a person you love? also my husband again

71. Is there anyone you want to punch in the face right now? NOT my husband. Not really anyone, actually.

72. In a fight with someone? nope

73. How many sweatpants do you have? none, because I lost weight and they all got too big and so I don't have any now.

74. How many sweaters/hoodies do you have? I don't know. Many.

75. Last movie you watched? Thor-- the original, not the new one.

76. Favourite actress? I have no idea.

77. Favourite actor? David Tennant

78. Do you tan a lot? no. never.

79. Have any pets? no, which is fine with me. I'm not a pet person.

80. How are you feeling? Pretty okay. Kind of cold. My nose is chilly.

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ROCKPORT9 11/18/2013 9:34AM

    Yes- it would be great to get rid of Rheumatoid long as it is not replaced by something just as bad or worse.

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Healthy Eats, Part 1 (introduction and green smoothie recipe)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

One of the things I've had to do on this weight loss journey has been to dramatically change the way I eat. This has been a challenge, because I have a husband and kids who don't necessarily think they should have to eat super healthy all the time just because I am trying to lose weight. So it's been a balancing act of trying to find healthy foods we all enjoy, modifying less-healthy foods so I can eat them, and sometimes just making something different for myself to eat at mealtime.

I've been wanting to post some of my favorite recipes, but most of them need some kind of explanation, so I decided not to do this in one big post. Instead, I'm going to post my meals, with links to recipes as available. I won't be doing this each day, but I'll try to do it often enough that it might be helpful to people looking for a healthy way to feed your family and yourself.

Before I share my daily breakfast smoothie recipe, I wanted to share a little bit about my weightloss/healthy eating plan. My calorie limit is between 1490-1820 calories a day. Most days I try to stay in the 1600s. I do not make any foods off limits, but I try really hard to eat healthy most of the time and to count every calorie I eat.

I do not eat low-carb, although I have been trying to remove many of the carbs I would normally eat from grains and replace them with fruits and vegetables. I feel that grains tend to cause me stomach upset.

I also do not limit food after dinner time and often have a large snack in the late evening.

I also drink a lot of water-- on average probably 15 cups a day.

So this is what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: Coffee with 2 tablespoons of chocolate caramel creamer; green smoothie

Lunch: roast asparagus; tomato-pesto-chicken pizza on a pita; grapes; 2 pieces of dark chocolate

Snack: Coffee with 2 tablespoons of chocolate caramel creamer

Dinner: maple-glazed salmon; roasted potato slices; roast broccoli

Snack: lowfat frozen yogurt with half a banana

I want to share several of these recipes eventually, but I thought today I'd start with the green smoothie, since I eat one almost every single day for breakfast. This gives me a great start to my day with lots of fruits and veggies and protein.


fresh spinach-- 85 grams (I fill my blender to the top)
water-- about 1/4 cup
baby carrots-- 50 grams (usually about 5)
plain greek yogurt-- 1/2 cup
almonds-- 14 grams (I think that would be about 14 whole almonds)
sweetener-- to taste (optional)
frozen banana-- 100-120 grams (pretty much just one whole banana)
other frozen fruit (I use a mixture of pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries)-- 140 grams (maybe a cup?)

Blend the spinach and the water until you have a lovely spinachy liquid. I usually have to do this in stages, because my blender is lame. The less water you use, the thicker it'll be, but you have to have enough to actually mix up the spinach. Add the baby carrots and blend it all up.

Add the yogurt and the almonds. I sometimes leave the almonds out if I know I'm likely to have lots of calories later in the day, or if I'm eating early (then I take the almonds as a snack and have them halfway through the morning). You can also add 1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal here, but I am limiting grains so I don't usually include it anymore. Blend that all up really well. This is also where you would add your sweetener if you think you'll need it. I used to but I weaned myself off of it.

Add in your frozen fruit. You REALLY want it frozen; it makes a huge difference. Especially the banana. It makes it much thicker and much more enjoyable to eat. I usually make half of my fruit mixture pineapple and then the other half is the berries. You can do it however you want; it's your smoothie. Blend this all up on ice crush until it's all well mixed. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

This makes one serving and fills up my glass one and a half times. With the almonds and no sweetener or oatmeal, it equals about 350 calories.

Later on I will share some of the other recipes I used yesterday, but I hope that this smoothie recipe will be helpful to someone! :)

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/18/2013 6:28AM

    Sounds good. I need to start putting some greens into my smoothies...
Keep up the good work.Eventually your family will take note and maybe even join you in your new eating habits. emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 11/16/2013 3:42PM

    Your green smoothie sounds delicious! My niece gave me a recipe for a green smoothie with spinach, low fat coconut milk and pineapple. Yum! Hugs, Laurel

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GRAMPAM 11/16/2013 12:52PM

    Thank you for sharing your recipes! emoticon

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