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Snacks and stuff: a team effort

Thursday, January 30, 2014

It seems like watching movies is never complete without having some sort of snack nearby. Josh and I tend to watch movies before bed (most of the time) and if there is something snacky like popcorn or my favorite-chips-they will be eaten. It is almost like the two go hand in hand. Literally.

As of late I've been trying to think of ways to make yummy movie snacks that do not take long to prep, that he and I can make. That is one of the most awesome things about him. He gives me cooking lessons and I've openly admitted that I am not one for cooking and my abilities are limited (even though I've been told that I don't give myself enough credit in that department). I spent the morning scouring spark recipes looking for nom nom-y movie snacks that we can make. I've found some (like trail mixes or variations on the chex mix. and also hummus. I would kill for some hummus to use as chip dip instead of the store bought stuff right now) and have also gotten on this slight kick to alter our pizza that we came up with. The original version is not what you would call healthy at all because of the white sauce and the amount of meat that goes on it (but since it's made very infrequently I figure splurging on that once in a blue moon is alright).

Both of us could stand to loose some weight and since movies and cooking lately have been a team effort I think this is a good thing.

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/30/2014 10:33PM

    there are some good recipes here on this site .... I got hooked, as did my son and grandson, on the low fat zucchini brownies ... oh my they are so good .... very filling and just look so chocolately .... another good item is the apple crisp -- I condensed it to the apples sliced and then put my cinnamon and sugar mix on it then spread oatmeal on top ...put some liquid can't believe it's not butter on the top and cook in the oven for 30 minutes ... once we added a little bit of apple juice to make it a bit wetter ... good good good .... rocie

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Earned the right to celebrate but I'm at a loss as to how.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I am one of those people that can easily celebrate the achievements of others in a heartbeat. I can think up awesome fun things to in order to celebrate but when it comes to my own ground breaking achievements I find my self drawing a huge blank as to how I should go about doing this.

It's not like I haven't earned this right, because I know I have. I've come so far in the past few years in many aspects of my life and I haven't once stopped to give myself credit for the majority of it. I don't know if it's just that I really don't know how to or if I don't totally feel comfortable with giving myself that huge compliment or what, but I do know its over due for something, I just don't know what that something is.

In May I'll graduate from college with my A.S in human services which has kicked this "celebration" idea into over drive. I've chosen not to return to Vermont for the ceremony, partially because I am not comfortable with being the center of attention in front of that many people, and partially because of a large hassle involved with seeing some people there, yet in any case I've chosen not to attend so it's left the recognizing of this event up to me to plan, if I wanted to and I do.

Graduating college is like the finally of the last four years of busting my rear to shape my life into something worth living. Four years ago I was on all these toxic psych meds, my weight was the highest its ever been, and I was on the "comfortable" road going pretty much no where. I stopped the meds and a year later enrolled at CCV. I've lost nearly 100 pounds (Was close this past summer, but now it seems I've gotten closer to that monumental goal), and I've made some pretty scary choices that resulted in doing something that has turned out to be good, even if it is terrifying.

So I suppose it's no wonder that I can't figure out something worthy enough to celebrate these achievements. I've thought of buying something (but what do I really need or want bad enough), I am taking a family trip the local zoo/aquarium/insectarium because I've never been to a zoo or an aquarium and I've always wanted to. The insectarium has a room of free roaming butterflies and which includes blue morphos (i'm slightly obsessed with them) and it's that room that is drawing me to go.

The only other thing that keeps coming to me time and time again is a tattoo. I know people get them for all sorts of reasons and I only shy away from it, not because it will hurt, but because I want to make sure that is something I really want. I've still got time to think about this, all of it since technically graduation isn't until May, (the zoo trip is a bit early though). I guess I'm just at a loss of how to do this and have it match the importance of the changes and events that it's representing.

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LIZIEBEAN 1/28/2014 10:32PM

    Oh the zoo is so happening. :) Its been one of the few things I've been super excited about. The tattoo is just one of those things that keeps kicking around but the reality is I might never get one even if I like the idea. Thankfully I know enough to wait until I am totally sure that its something I want before jumping into that pit.

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/26/2014 6:16PM

    I am truly not into any tattoo for ladies at all .... now that zoo ... I'm one of those that go and go and go as you never see it all ... the wonders of nature !! roc

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UMBILICAL 1/26/2014 6:11PM

  Follow your heart

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

This year is GOING TO BE AWESOME, because it has to. It's January and I've reached my 80 pounds lost mark again. My weight jumped in Vermont and since moving to NOLA it's come back down at a really steady rate. I started my last semester of college today which opens more doors for my life and my future and I am EXCITED! Maybe it's just today that I have such a positive out look on my life and I know that some days that perspective isn't so positive and that is something I should work on.

Regardless I am proud of myself and my accomplishments in the last year. I have busted my rear to get where I am and I really should remember these things when I start feeling sad, ugly or fat. (It happens to the best of us). It also helps having friends that love and support you, when the others walk away. emoticon

Later Spark. I'm off to do something amazing and I have no idea what it is yet.

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EULAJADE 1/23/2014 1:42PM

    Im so proud of you. You have really worked your butt off. I miss the crap out of you but i'm happy that your finally happy and doing what is best for you. Keep up the epic work your doing with school. You are one of the few wicked smart people I know and I KNOW you will be successful. Cause I believe in you and you have the drive. I love you Sis. emoticon emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/21/2014 8:44PM

    emoticon so glad for you ... you sound so positive ... a good attribute for sure ... roc

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Weight yo-yo

Sunday, December 15, 2013

By the end of my summer in Vermont my weight had jumped back up to 430 and I have to say I HATE recording weight gains. It's just very depressing and everything and I hate doing it. But I did this time because I does make a difference in long run. (can't have all positive without a little negaitve mixed in). So I've been here a little more than two months now and if I remember right I had gotten down to 428 just before I left in October. I weighed myself today and since I've been here I've managed to get back down some more- 412 :) This is good, very good. Summer scares me with all the heat and humidity and everything so the more I loose the better. Monday Josh and I are going to look at the cemeteries and the Christmas lights (I know what a combination!) so that is a lot of walking to add also. I am hoping that the New Year brings good stuff this time around and not more chaos. Thanks but I've had enough of that stuff to last another lifetime.

In case I don't pop back in to say "hi", Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

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DANCINCAJUN1 12/15/2013 9:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks and happy days ahead for you .... Rocie

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Walking...walking....just .....keep.....walking....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Well now. So I've been here for a couple weeks and I've been walking SOOO much. I have coach-my lovely Josh who is kicking my rear and motivating me at the same time, has been amazing getting me walking. It's been time for us to catch up and to get on w/our lives (we had a rough summer-long story) and it's getting me used to the heat, humidity and also knowing my way around. It's been wonderful except the AMOUNT of walking we've been doing. We live smack dab in the middle of things and two miles one way-grocery store, 2 miles the other way a small 24-7 convenience store the other way that we walk to sometimes and get something to drink.

The point to all this is I am doing things!!!! I am really glad too although it's exhausting afterwards.

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FINCHFEEDER80 10/31/2013 9:47AM

    How fantastic!! Keep up the great work!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/30/2013 9:37PM

    Keep up with the walking. It does wonders for the blood pressure.

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JAMBABY0 10/30/2013 7:38PM

    great, keep it up

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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/30/2013 7:37PM

    emoticon and good for you!!

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