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June 2014 - Attack of the Norovirus

Monday, June 02, 2014

Well May has to be one of the worst months in my history books. My family and I were attacked by the Norovirus TWICE! That is cruel punishment. I can honestly say that luckily the second time around was a bit easier in the most important ways but worse than others. My son was sick on Sunday before Memorial Day, then my husband was sick the following day then, my stomach was upset all through the week and then I had the virus on Friday through Saturday night but I had Zofran. Yaaaay!! I can't think of anything worse than vomiting and this time I refused to let it happen.

Our poor kid had to go to the emergency room. He only had mild dehydration but that's where the zofran came from. Yeah, I took his meds, only because he was better of course!

I have lost a good bit of weight because of this virus and my taste buds have been all over the place. Out of no where I've grown an aversion to chicken. I mean not all forms of chicken, but I kinda hate it unless its a fried nugget which we both know isn't a good idea. So I don't know how I'm going to deal with that. I dunno, its just now I'm trying to find ways to eat it hidden. Like chicken and dumplings or soup or fried. LOL! I'm just over baked and grilled and even poached seems gross lately. I can still eat it but its not the star of my meal I guess which doesn't make eating easier.

Despite all that I'm really ready to try again. I think these viruses have made me just want to be healthier because I feel if I'm going to get this sick, it might be easier to deal with as a lighter weight or maybe I'd bounce back easier. I'm not sure but food doesn't seem so high priority when you've spent days without eating. So I'm going to work on tracking my calories again. I'm going to try and get in more water and cut out the sugary beverages.

Joey this month has become impossible some days. He has meltdowns all the time. And I'm talking yelling, kicking, spitting, crying, can't breathe meltdowns. We're working on a regular routine of wake up times and naps. Its tough when I'm up late like this working on eBay but I know that if I can't get him rested regularly, it might clear this up some. We're just trying to be positive about it.

It's getting hot here in GA and I'm craving beach time. I don't even care how I look in a swimsuit, usually because its covered in shorts and a shirt. I just can't wait til my next beach outing. The water feels wonderful!

I'm also a little disappointed in myself. We way overspent this month and blew through our savings. We had gone from 380 to 800 down to 100. It's clearly irresponsible of us and my sales haven't been nearly good enough to get those numbers back so I don't know what we're going to do right now. Are we better than before? Yes. I haven't used my credit cards nearly as much. Once or twice. So the amounts are going down but we aren't even close to having one paid off because our steady income only takes care of the minimums. It was my fault because I messed up on finances. I won't make that mistake again!

So now on to June. I hope its a bit better.

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    Those noroviruses are horrible. My son got one in January 2013 and gave it to me and I got pneumonia. I still have lingering side effects from it. Strange, but I was left with an exact aversion to chicken too and it remains even today. I don't mind it fried but have no interest in it otherwise.

I agree about wanting to get my weight down too. I'm healthier when I eat better and weight less. And it's easier to be sick.

It's a rough time when kids are sick at Joey's age. It gets better as they get older.

I want to swim too but worry about wearing a bathing suit.

I have cut back on spending but plan on making a budget soon to save even more money.

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NELLJONES 6/2/2014 7:57AM

    I hope things are looking up for you.

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May 2014 - Some hard work is paying off!!

Friday, May 09, 2014

My days for the last 2.5 years has been, just do what you can. Some days I feel fatigue, sometimes complacency. I'm home with my son who is a ball of energy. I try to keep a clean home. I try to manage my family's finances. I did this while dealing with IBS, low vitamin D, and somewhat depressed because I felt like I wasn't getting enough time to do something for myself.

I'm slowly trying to get that back by pursuing my own passions. One thing I never would have thought I could have done was make money while hanging out at home. Last month, I went to an estate sale. It wasn't my first, but it was the first that I went with the intent to buy and resell. My husband caught a virus the night before and I got sick the DAY of!! It did not stop me from going. I went and I purchased. I went home and flipped.

This is my highest month of sales ever in my home business. I have put an additional $500 in savings and I'm on my way to raising $400 to help my parents pay for a week in a condo in Florida. I'm very proud that I was able to do this. Thanks to the support of my husband who believes in me.

My husband also luckily has an extra paycheck this month so we're able to put additional money in our savings. Its nice we don't have to borrow to get that, like we've had to do in the past.

I love what I do but it keeps me up at night. Its the only way I can get alone time so I often sleep in with my son and I don't really exercise. I would really like to find a way to start doing some cardio again because my endurance level is pretty much zero. I tried to do yard work with him this weekend and I wasn't able to do it. I'm still the SAME weight. So I know how to eat to maintain 280. LOL. If I can figure out how to balance this additional step then I'll really be great. I'm thinking of replacing a meal with the perfect vegan protein recipe, if I can find one. I think I'm going to purchase some green superfood powder to pair with some protein powder to see if I can raise my energy levels. I keep forgetting to take my Vitamin D during the day. Its the last thing on my mind.

So this is what I mean by some hard work. LOL. Can't find the balance just yet but mentally I've been feeling better. emoticon

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QUEENIEDMI 5/9/2014 9:01PM

Asian vegetable stir fry

14 ounces extra firm tofu, cubed

1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons Spike no-salt seasoning (or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste)

1/2 cup brown rice

1/4 cup unhulled sesame seeds


1/4 cup unsulfured dried apricots soaked in 1/2 cup water to cover overnight

1/4 cup unsalted natural peanut butter or raw cashew butter

2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 teaspoons Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste

1/4 cup Dr. Fuhrman's Black Fig vinegar or balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


2 tablespoons water

1 medium onion, cut into wedges and separated into 1-inch strips

4 cups small broccoli florets

2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/3 inch pieces

4 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 inch squares

1 cup sugar snap peas or snow peas, strings removed

2 cups bok choy, cut in bite-sized pieces

3 cups fresh mushrooms (shiitake, porcini and/or cremini) , stems removed

1 pound fresh spinach

1/4 cup coarsely chopped raw cashews

1 1/4 pounds romaine lettuce, shredded

Marinate the tofu for 30 minutes in the liquid aminos, red pepper flakes and Spike.

While the tofu marinates, combine rice and 1 1/4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 30 minutes or until water is absorbed. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the marinated tofu with the sesame seeds. Bake the sesame-coated tofu in a nonstick baking pan for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden.

To make the sauce, place the soaked apricots with the soaking liquid, peanut butter, ginger, garlic, VegiZest, vinegar, arrowroot powder, and red pepper flakes in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Heat water in a large pan and water saute the onion, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and peas for 5 minutes, adding more water as necessary to keep vegetables from scorching. Add the bok choy and mushrooms, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender. Remove the cover and cook off most of the water. Add the spinach and toss until wilted.

Add the sauce and stir until all the vegetables are glazed and the sauce is hot and bubbly, about 1 minute. Mix in the cashews and baked tofu. Serve the stir fry over the shredded lettuce along with 1/4 cup rice per person.

This recipe looks harder than it is. It is well worth the time it takes to make it and is great for company.

Variation: Stir-fry beans or small pieces of chicken breast or shrimp with the vegetables.

Per Serving:


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    I'm so glad to see you doing so well financially!! Great news!

I hope you can get your vitamin d in. I think it will help you. I have to set my pills right in front of where I eat. Of course, I'm senile, and you aren't. LOL.

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QUEENIEDMI 5/9/2014 12:42PM

    Try Dr Furhman's Eat to live plan, He has a lot of vegan recipes. I will search after work today and post 1-2 for you. I agree w/ fit Mary start w/ 10min per day as a goal for now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 5/9/2014 7:06AM

    Good for you for getting out there and blogging. You are making progress just by doing that. Don't underestimate the power of small steps either. Committing to "Just 10 Minutes" of exercise a day really, really helped me. It seems like so little---Just 10 Minutes---but it can make a HUGE difference! Stay strong!

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DNJEN471 5/9/2014 1:54AM

    Sometimes it's the mind that needs to be healthy first. So at least you are feeling better in that aspect. Keep up the great work!

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April 2014 Update

Monday, April 14, 2014

Since my last blog post, I've lost 10 lbs!!!

Don't get too worked up though. LOL. I lost them in two days over the past weekend with this awful stomach virus! Ugh! I was planning to head to an estate sale which was my first major buy and online sale, well I haven't listed the items yet but I was full of excitement!

Anyway, the night before Josh gets this awful virus! I get it the day of the sale! I haven't been that sick since February 2009. I am still recovering three days later. I've been deydrated. Weak. Shaky and I'm still queasy. I ate food today so I'm trying to get used to it again. LOL

So that's that. Not much to celebrate. LOL. It made for an interesting turn of events though. I eventually made it to the sale and all of my items were still there. I can't wait to resale and build up our savings account. It is nice to feel like I'm contributing again.

Our budgeting is getting better as well. I've tried to tighten our food costs but without making bad decisions on food. Next weekend is Easter so some bets might be off. I think there is a special Easter cake with my name on it at Publix. I will be sharing with my family of seven people though.

I'm glad the weather is starting to warm up. Although it goes from cold to hot 'round here it seems. I'd love to take my little one outside but we have a tree that seems to be a little bee friendly so that makes me nervous.

Other than that things are about the same. I had three planned festivals this year I could not wait for! And I've missed all three festivals due to sickness and weather. We don't plan to go out next weekend but just hang out with family. I think I have a wedding and a planned festival to go to next month so my fingers will be crossed so I can actually go.

I'll share with you a pic before I sign off. Know these guys? They are the Propery Brothers on HGTV!

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MRS.CARLY 4/15/2014 3:35PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, but sucks that you are sick! I was sick like a whole month this winter and it sucked. It makes it hard to want to do anything and I think it must be doubly hard when you have a little one to take care of on top of it all.

How did you get that picture of the famous guys?!?!? Thats a great picture!!!

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    Congratulations on the weight loss!! I hope you can keep it off. Terrible way to lose it but ten pounds is great.

The weather here is the same. We had 80 on the weekend and will spit snow tonight. I had to being in my plants and cover some.

I love the Property Brothers! They are great!

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FITMARY 4/14/2014 7:35AM

    Awesome pic! Good luck with your recovery and plans!!!

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Its March and no signs of Spring near...

Saturday, March 08, 2014

I heard on the news that our fountains have been changed to green for St Patty's and its still cold and miserable here along with everywhere else in the country. Well except for Vegas. That is where my husband has been working the last week while I'm held up with my kid at my parent's house. Its been pleasant but I miss my bed and my stuff and my house!! Joey acts up really bad here too when I'm with him. I can't get him to go to bed before 2AM!! Ugh!

I have a twice a month job that is on the weekends. Its a paycheck though. I also plan to talk to a lady about possibly babysitting a couple times a week.

I'm also still selling on ebay and I love it still. I wish I could do it full time but then I would need a babysitter to get more done.

Keeping in line with what I wanted to do earlier in the year, I've been looking for a plan that I could try that might work well with my IBS. I read that Daily Burn offers a 30 day trial with daily exercise and eating plans.

I figured, "Hey, its free." For 30 days I'm going to give it a try and see if I like it. I could probably combine those workouts with some of the Spark workouts. I also like to do dance workouts on Youtube. I'll report back later.

Hope everyone else out there is well. Keep on Sparkin.

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    We finally have had signs of spring just the past few days but the flowers are peeking out of the ground right on schedule. I hope our snow is over. Usually if we get a March snow it melts quickly.

It's nice that you could spend some time with your parents. I hope they can watch Joey some so you can get some rest.

It sounds like you have found some creative ways to make some extra money.

Good luck with the Daily Burn! I have not heard of it but free is always fantastic in my opinion. LOL.

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Operation Workout Bursts

Monday, February 10, 2014

So I've been trying to figure out a way to exercise at home without a gym workout. It is hard to do something consistently long while I have Joey at home. He literally does everything I can to get me to stop moving or dancing. I could wait til he naps but his nap time is not always at the same time. He's a big sleep fighter. Sometimes my stomach is upset and exercise for a long period of time is difficult. too.

So I'm going to try and do short daily bursts a few times a day. Not necessarily HIIT. My goal is to basically just move. I want to get off my couch and do something whether it is dance, swing my weights or crawl on the floor or whatever. My goal is to add up to 50 minutes of movement a day and eventually 300 minutes per week.

For this first week, my goal is 200 minutes for the week. I'm going to just move around my house and calculate the time and hope that I can come close to the goal.

On another note, I'm getting ready to enroll my little one into pre-school this fall. I'm very excited for the both of us. He'll go probably 3 days a week for half a day.

I also played a little experiment last week. I decided to replace my indulgent sweets with a lower calorie tasty substitute. It worked! I dropped the four pounds I gained in the previous week. I didn't do anything else! Man I put too much away that is high in sugar.

My IBS allows me to have a little gluten everyday. I've realized this so I've enjoyed those Honey Grahamfuls - The chocolate and peanut butter. However I would not mind grabbing a bag of those Frito Lay Praline Pecans. They are higher calorie but they have a good amount of fiber and a little protein.

Do you have a low cal sweet treat you enjoy?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/10/2014 12:31PM

    I have to do the short bursts of activity due to my medical problems. I do 10 minutes of every hour all day long and don't sit longer than 20 minutes. It works well and keeps my metabolism up. I hope it works for you.

I think it will be great for Joey to start pre-school. It is so good for them!

I like fruit for something sweet. Sometimes with whipped cream as it is healthier than most indulgent things.

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