Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Yesterday was a good day in general. The past few days have been pretty good actually, I would not say spectacular but pretty good. I have been eating on track and getting my exercise in most days. It has been helping that the weather has gone back to being super warm after a week of it reverting back to artic temperatures. It was damn cold last week and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed under the covers and only peak my head out to eat full fat comfort foods. I did not do that though, I still got my workouts in on most days and ate pretty healthy and just tried to keep in mind that warm weather would soon return.
I spent yesterday and the day before outside alot of the time. I took the kids out on Sunday and let them play in the dirt while my husband worked on his car. He has taken half the engine apart in the last 1 1/2 months and is now in the process of replacing the parts that went bad and putting it back together. It would have most likely taken less time if he was experienced in fixing cars but he is not a mechanic, he is a computer programmer. lol. But he also happens to be an extremely smart guy who can pretty much fix anything he puts his mind to... so I have alot of faith that once he does finally get it put all back together, it will run again. ::crosses fingers::
I really hope so anyway, because I have been without a car during the day for almost two months now and I want my freedom back. With warmer weather rolling in I want so badly to go to the park during the day with my daughter and get some activity and sunshine in.
Anyway, yesterday I cleaned off the back deck... In preparation to scrub it down and finish staining it. Last year I started staining it and only got it half completed. I cant wait to get some nice lawn furniture back there and put up my screened in awning and really enjoy the outside this summer, instead of being cooped up in the house. I also cleaned up the covered porch area where we have piled crap over the winter. I still had Fall and Christmas decorations out there that had not been put back into boxes. I got all that packed up and ready to go into the atic. better late than never I guess.
Last night we had dinner outside on the back deck which was really nice. We had oven fried chicken, corn on the cob and broccoli & cheese orzo. It was a great meal. When the kids were done they had fun picking up the acorns that had fallen between the slats of the deck. Lyra thought they were peanuts and kept trying to eat them. lol.
I put the kids to bed at 7pm and Aiden who is in kindergarten, read me Green eggs and ham. I swear its like I had never herd the book before until he read it to me. I have to say it was seemed like such a simple thing but it was amazing to me.... He was just a baby only a second ago and now he is reading. I know I will remember that forever. I was so proud of him.
It was a great day but then I came in my room to give Bow (like a bow tie) the hamster his medicine, (he has been sick with the hamster flu and we took him to the vet and they gave me medicine to give him last week) and clean his cage like I do every night and he just was not looking good. He was breathing hard and had his little face pressed up in the corner of the glass tank. I picked him up by the scruff of his neck and turned him over on his back to give him the medicine and instead of licking it up out of the dropper he just kinda let it roll down his chin onto his belly. He was not looking good at all.
I put him in his ball and he slowly pushed it across the floor and I took his cage into the kitchen to clean it. The vet said we need to clean his cage every night so any bacteria did not reinfect him. I was trying really hard to make sure I did everything the vet said because I really wanted Bow to get better.
I came back into the room with the clean cage and put down the news paper and was about to put in the wood shavings for him to sleep on. I stopped myself and figured I better check on him just in case. I looked around the room and over by my dresser was Bow's hamster ball, laying still. He was laying down on his side, so peaceful and I pretty much knew right then that bow was no longer with us. I picked up the ball and he wasn't breathing, just laying there. I said good bye and then started crying.
I felt two things.... really sad and really silly. Sad because I had gotten really attached to this furry little creature and silly because I had gotten so attached that I was now crying over a hamster when most people would just flush and be done with it. Not that I could flush bow, he was a really fat hamster.
I searched at alot of pet stores to find the perfect hamster for Aiden's Birthday. It was his first pet and I wanted it to be really special. Pet smarts hamsters were all really tiny and I wanted a big fat hamster that was really holdable. I went to a little pet store and when I looked into the cages I saw a really fat black teddy bear hamster, he was huge and he came right up to the glass and looked at me, he seemed like a really playful hamster. I knew he was the right one.
So now Bow the hamster is buried in the back yard, under a large rock that encircles a small fruit tree. He was a good and happy little hamster and I feel bad that I could not help make him better. The vet said though that what he had was almost always fatal. I guess I got my hopes up because he really seemed like he was getting better the last few days. He had a really good last few days. I guess that is one good thing.
So I am feeling a bit better now... still silly, but not as sad. I broke the news to Aiden this morning but he really didn't seem fazed by it at all. I guess that is a good thing. I really did not want to have to deal with the whole death conversation for a few more years. I figured that this pet would last that long. sigh.
I have to say though, that Last night I wanted to just sit down and eat. I felt really horrible and wanted to run through a few bowls of ice cream, or some bread, or something of the sort. I felt like that would really make me feel alot better. Instead I made a cup of tea and went to sleep early. Im really proud of myself for that.
well thanks to who ever reads this for listening to me mourning over a hamster. Silly I know. I am an emotional person anyway... I'm not too surprised by myself.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Mocha Almond Iced Latte
(Can use a blender but a magic bullet works amazingly expecially when using the larger ice cubes. If you are using a regular blender I would suggest buying an icecube trey with the smaller cubes because regular blenders are kinda crappy when it comes to crushing up the bigger ones.)
4-5 Coffee Ice Cubes - Strong Coffee - 0 points
3 Tbls. Sugar Free Chocolate syrup - 0 points
1 Cup Almond Milk - 1 point
1/4 cup water - if needed
Whipped topping - 1 point ...... (zero if you use fat free)
1-2 tbls splenda - depending on how sweet you want it
Total points value - 2 points plus!!!
1. Brew Coffee Stronger than normal, Let cool and place in ice cube trey. Let freeze
2. Place 4-5 coffee cubes into magic bullet (or blender) .... pour in chocolate syrup, almond milk, and splenda.
3. Blend ingredients together while shaking magic bullet, untill smooth and drinkable. (if using regular blender, blend, turn off, stir.... repeat until smooth and drinkable) If mixture is too thick add water and then continue blending until the right consistency.
4. top with whipped topping, drizzle with a small amount of chocolate syrup.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Sorry no pictures today... I will continue with the food blogs come monday. Its hard to work it in on the weekends..... But I will give you an update about how my day went.
well I went to my weigh in today and with all the extra working out and the eating on track, you know how much I lost?
I gained 2 pounds. yaaay.
But that's ok, I was still in a good mood because I knew I worked hard and next week my efforts will pay off. Although it is disappointing because I know I will most likely lose less next week then I gained this week. blah. I feel smaller though, so that has to count for something.
My leader was trying to persuade me to work for weight watchers again. I told her I may be interested but I was nervous about running my own meeting. She said that I could start out as a receptionist, which seemed less threatening so I told her she could forward my contact information to her manager. we will see what happens.
Anyway, I made a decision that I was not going to blow all of my weekly points on Saturday and Sunday like I normally do. Using all of my weekly points durring the weekend could be a reason why I have not been losing.
I went out with my husband tonight. We went out to dinner and the movies. We have not eaten at Applebee's in a long long time, almost two years. We had gone a few times before but I always found the weight watchers items to be bland and boring and the other things had no nutritional info at all which was bad news.
We saw that the Applebee's near us had redone the outside of thier building so we thought maybe they improved the menu as well. We both picked items that were listed either under 550 calories or had the weight watchers icon and then split them.
So I got a Skinny Mojito, which was very good, overpriced for the amount but good and only around 100 calories
Then me and hubby split
The Signature Sirloin w/ garlic herb shrimp
had broccoli with it.... very good!
The Weight Watchers Chipotle lime chicken
had black bean & corn cole slaw and rice.
OMG!!! this was so freakin good. The cole slaw and chicken were so full of flavor and then after I ate it I didn't feel guilty! yay.
Both dishes were 13 points... that is awesome considering most of the entrees at most sit-down restaurants run 20 - 50 points depending on the item.
Hubby really wanted this cookie and ice cream sundae but I told him that it was not a good idea because we did so well during dinner, why mess it up.
I looked up the nutritional info and it ended up being 44 points! Glad we didnt do that to ourselves.
I'm proud of him, he didn't get popcorn at the theater either an he worked out today. That's big for him because he loves movie popcorn and hates working out. lol.
My total points for the day were - 42
My target was 29
So that's 13 points used from my 49 weekly. Not bad, and I plan on not spluging anymore the rest of this week.
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